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Tharwa Bridge re-opens

By johnboy - 28 August 2008 23

Tharwa Drive might be bidding for the title of most murderous road in the ACT. But at least it goes somewhere now with the bridge to Tharwa re-opening.

The de facto mayor of Tharwa, and CAP candidate for the upcoming election, Val Jeffery, has signaled his pleasure at this development.

But that hasn’t stopped him having a spray about the process:

    “We’re all utterly disgusted that it has taken three years of mismanagement and lies to get to this stage.”

    “After three years waiting, it has taken only five months to get the work done and this could have, and should have, happened three years ago,” Mr Jeffery said.

    “While the government has delayed, two lives have been lost and there have been multiple serious injuries on the mongrel dangerous detour needlessly imposed on the community.”

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23 Responses to
Tharwa Bridge re-opens
Aurelius 1:35 pm 29 Aug 08

For anyone who’s interested, this podcast analyses the lyrics of the song, and throws up a few alternatives as to why Billie Joe jumped off the Tallahatchee Bridge.

Thumper 1:21 pm 29 Aug 08

I don’t think it would be a particularly good proposition in 2008 Mississippi

Mike Crowther 1:17 pm 29 Aug 08

Granny, Billie-Joe was gay. (Not a nice proposition in 1950’s Mississippi.)

oddball508 8:14 am 29 Aug 08

It is open, but the heavy vehical detour signs remain. Photos at

bubzie 11:05 pm 28 Aug 08

i can agree with the “mongrel dangerous detour” part..i went there yesterday, and im amazed to say, i survived to tell the tale??

Granny 10:09 pm 28 Aug 08

I saw it, but I have forgotten why he jumped.

: P

Is it just steel or does it have the wooden bits?

Overheard 9:59 pm 28 Aug 08

Did you ever see the film? I saw it in high school and it was a bit of an eye-opener for a young bloke about what drove Billy Joe to jump off the bridge (at least in the director’s or screenplay writer’s/writers’ eyes).

Er, back on topic. Tharwa Bridge. Yeah, I heard it’s open. Drove over it once, maybe twice.

ant 9:51 pm 28 Aug 08

I think it’s time for Thumper to spend time in the Offal Thread. (and Overheard too, for quoting crummy old yank songs. Both of you).

andym 9:48 pm 28 Aug 08

It is open – I drove over it this morning at 10:30am

Overheard 9:42 pm 28 Aug 08

Groan! Pass the biscuits, please.

Thumper 9:25 pm 28 Aug 08

No, that was Billy Joe McAlistar, and he jumped of the Tallahassee bridge

Granny 8:28 pm 28 Aug 08

Hopefully nobody jumped from it ….

oddball508 8:15 pm 28 Aug 08

I have been told that the bridge is NOT open tonight (Thursday). Anyone know why? Or when it will be open.

Madman 3:04 pm 28 Aug 08

I’m sure the people of Tharwa must be overly pleased.

I will be taking a celebratory lap on my bike from Banks to Tharwa, up to Cotter and back down to Lanyon through Canberra Suburbs on Sunday to give the Bridge a go!

DarkLadyWolfMother 1:57 pm 28 Aug 08

Not enough politicians use words like “mongrel” these days. I hope he makes it into the Local Council to add a bit of colour.

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