[First filed: Aug 14, 2010 @ 15:54]
The Canberra Times brings word of a new and sorry twist in the tail of the Gungahlin Drive Extension with a major collapse of the new work over the Barton Highway:
Firefighters have freed a man trapped under a section of the Gungahlin Drive extension that collapsed this afternoon. Stage two of the extension has collapsed onto the Barton Highway while construction work was underway around 2pm.
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Everyone on site at the time of collapse has been accounted for. The Emergency Services Agency said paramedics treated 15 people at the scene, and 10 would be taken to hospital in stable conditions.
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UPDATE: The ESA has this to say:
3:10pm Saturday 14 August 2010 – Update two – no serious injuries 15 people being assessed on scene by intensive care paramedics with up to 10 to be transported to hospital in a stable condition.
No critical injuries at this time.
2:35pm 14 August 2010 – Update person freed One person confirmed trapped on scene has been freed by firefighters.
2:15pm Saturday 14 August 2010 – Report of construction collapse ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire Brigade responding to reports of a construction collapse on the Barton Highway Gungahlin.
Update to follow
FURTHER UPDATE: This grim warning on the traffic implications from the ESA:
4:10pm Saturday 14 August 2010 – Final update on partial bridge collapse ACT Ambulance Service has transported a nine patients to the Canberra Hospital in a stable condition with minor injuries following a partial bridge collapse on the Barton Highway Gungahlin.
The section of bridge that collapsed was under construction adjacent to an existing bridge.
The injuries range from limb to suspected spinal.
A total of 15 patients have been assessed on scene by intensive care paramedics.
One man was trapped for around 15 minutes until he was rescued by firefighters.
The ESA was alerted to the incident just before 2 o’clock.
The road is expected to remain closed for quite some time.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The ABC has word from roads supremo Tony Gill:
“Our initial advice is that it could take up to two weeks before we are in a position to remove the debris and get the road open for public use,” he said.
“We are getting an independent engineer’s report just to get an understanding of how the bridge collapsed and secondly we need to engage a demolition contractor to remove the debris.
“But we also have to make sure it is safe for that demolition contractor to go in and remove the debris.”
ONE MORE UPDATE FOR THE ROAD: The TAMS websites has this morning (16 August) put up a statement dated 14 August on the road closures (file data says it was created this morning):
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Barton
Highway, at its intersection with Gungahlin Drive, is closed (in both directions) until further
Barton Highway (Northbound): All northbound traffic will be detoured via Gungahlin Drive, Ginninderra Drive, Baldwin Drive and William Slim Drive to reconnect with Barton Highway.
Barton Highway (Southbound): All southbound traffic will be detoured via Gungahlin Drive, Sandford Street roundabout, and Gungahlin Drive to reconnect with Barton Highway.
Gungahlin Drive (Southbound off-ramp): Right turn onto Barton Highway will be closed.
Traffic will be able to turn left from Gungahlin Drive onto Barton Highway towards the city,
however people are encouraged to detour via Mitchell.
Detour signage has been erected to alert people of the closure and to direct traffic.
The ACT Government apologises for any inconvenience caused.
For up-to-date information on road closures please call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.