Tharwa Bridge to close during the coming weeks for major works to improve structural capacity

Lachlan Roberts 13 September 2018

The major maintenance will include works to improve the structural capacity of the bridge. Photo: Supplied.

Tharwa Bridge will be closed periodically for a month after recent routine maintenance on the bridge identified that further work is required to ensure its continued safety.

Tharwa Bridge will be closed weekdays starting this Monday (17 September) until Friday 19 October between the hours of 9 am and 3:30 pm, weather permitting.

The ACT Government said in a statement that the major maintenance will include works to improve the structural capacity of the bridge.

Tharwa Drive will be closed between the entrance to Lanyon Historic Homestead and the intersection with North Street/Naas Road in Tharwa from Monday 17 September until Friday 19 October 2018 between the hours of 9 am and 3.30 pm.

During the closure, a detour will be in place via Tidbinbilla Road and Point Hut Road, and motorists are advised to plan their trip, follow the signs and allow an additional 20 minutes journey time.

Barriers, as well as warning and diversion signs, will be erected to alert people to the closure.

The statement said the works were part of the ACT Government’s commitment to maintaining the significant heritage value of the Tharwa Bridge, which has provided a vital link across the Murrumbidgee River for over 120 years.

Major restoration works were completed on the bridge in 2011 following calls from the community to conserve the bridge and its historic design. Due to its design and timber construction, the Tharwa Bridge requires regular inspections and maintenance works are conducted as required.

For up-to-date information on road closures, please visit Transport Canberra and City Services website or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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