Tharwa Bridge to be Repaired Rather Than Replaced

Ingeegoodbee 23 January 2008 29

666 ABC is reporting [ABC online link here, thanks to Spectra] that the ACT Government has decided that the Tharwa Bridge will be repaired rather than replaced.

The decision comes after the completion of a tender process for the replacement of the bridge at a reported cost of some $9 million dollars.

So, now that we have a decision lets see some bloody action people!

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29 Responses to Tharwa Bridge to be Repaired Rather Than Replaced
hingo hingo 1:09 pm 24 Jan 08

What is it with ACT and preserving pieces of shit architecture? The bridge is an obsolete piece of crap. Just like the Cameron Offices, its old, ugly and needs to be replaced by something better. Its not a wine you know, its not going to get any better with age.

wishuwell wishuwell 11:45 am 24 Jan 08

Don Mckay’s resting place. Interesting. May have to channel Big Als’ statue for more information.

Thumper Thumper 11:01 am 24 Jan 08

Actually 1890s, but they may have done some remedial work to the footings at some time.

Pickle Pickle 10:58 am 24 Jan 08

Pity the tenderers, It would not be cheap pricing a bridge construction project, and then to be told NO we don’t really want a new bridge after all…

Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:55 am 24 Jan 08

“IMHO the concrete poured on the Tharwa bridge foundings was done in the 70’s. Not exactly gripping stuff for around here, where most things were built in the 70’s.”

I hope it’s not Donald McKay’s last resting place!

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:51 am 24 Jan 08

If Jesus can go and live with the natives in the americas to assist in laying groundwork for the Mormons, the Romans can come and live in Tharwa to assist in making a claim to ACT Heritage.

Mælinar Mælinar 10:50 am 24 Jan 08

IMHO the concrete poured on the Tharwa bridge foundings was done in the 70’s. Not exactly gripping stuff for around here, where most things were built in the 70’s.

Thumper Thumper 10:43 am 24 Jan 08

Romans in Tharwa!


I’m impressed. I thought the furthest Roman outpost was Velubilis in Moroccco

Tharwa, who’d have thought..

roccon roccon 10:36 am 24 Jan 08

Portland cement was in its infancy in the 1820s, however cruder forms of cement and concrete have been around for thousands of years.

piperdoon piperdoon 10:21 am 24 Jan 08

the Romans used concrete – not suggesting that they were in tharwa though – although if they could make the case it would help the old bridge 🙂

Thumper Thumper 10:20 am 24 Jan 08

Portland cement, the stuff we use today, was invented in the 1820s.

Before that people used limestone mortar.

Mælinar Mælinar 10:15 am 24 Jan 08

Yeah, and they were pouring cement blocks 140 years ago. Get real roccon.

roccon roccon 9:25 am 24 Jan 08

Old Parliament house looks shite too and was a temporary building. Lets bulldoze that down too then.

Any others ???

Lets remember you would look pretty tired after 140 years too. Doesn’t mean you should be cremated for just looking old.

Mælinar Mælinar 8:43 am 24 Jan 08

There’s also a lot of concrete at the base of this supposed bridge that was built 140 years ago or whatever. To me, it looks like a shite construction that was built as a temporary bridge until they could build a better one anyway.

Pandy Pandy 8:05 pm 23 Jan 08

Look Val Jeffery you miserable sod what Stanhope has said:

“Work will be done to restore the existing bridge and will be completed in 2-3 years. The bridge will be able to take a load of 44 tonnes making it available to general traffic.

“A conservation management plan will be developed by Heritage ACT for the ongoing conservation and protection of the bridge.

“A staged approach to restoration will be implemented— and the bridge will be closed to traffic for fixed periods of time.”

“It is estimated that this option will cost approximately $14 million, plus approximately $100,000 a year for maintenance costs.”

Stanhope is saying this will cost $5M more than building a concrete bridge that would have been completed by September THIS YEAR!!! FFS!!!!!!!

Pandy Pandy 5:07 pm 23 Jan 08

Piecemeal if they want a quick fix.

If they want to rebuild it and keep the same style look at a 2 year program.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:27 pm 23 Jan 08

My big question is; will they actually fix the bridge properly this time, or will the ACT Govt waste more money doing a piecemeal job this time around too?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:20 pm 23 Jan 08

Al, you missed the irony. 😉

Go to the “Art, but not as we know it” story for both the root of my original comment here and for my more considered critique of the sculpture.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:09 pm 23 Jan 08

Well that’s a good outcome for people speaking up, and – credit where it’s due – the government listening.

And HC: some of us don’t mind that Stipa sculpture. I’m pleased that there is recognition of the value of doing things outside just “roads, rates, rubbish”. Art contributes to the culture of a society. If you waited until there was nothing else “more important” to spend budget funds on, there would never be any art – anywhere.

Similarly, the LDA has made a good effort with the art in Mullion Park in Harrison and to have urban art in a suburban environment is almost unheard of (even if I don’t personally like the particular poetry used in it).

And the symbolism of the various pieces reminds us of the heritage and role of the area before it was subsumed under a plethora of ugly brick veneer Defence houses…

RAGD RAGD 1:42 pm 23 Jan 08

Nine Million dollars doesn’t buy much these days does it???

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