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Tharwa Bridge to close this week for annual maintenance

By Lachlan Roberts 17 July 2018 0

Tharwa Bridge requires regular inspections and maintenance works are conducted as required. File Photo.

To ensure the safety of the Tharwa Bridge, annual maintenance works will close the bridge for three consecutive days this week, as part of the ACT Government’s commitment to maintain the significant heritage value of the iconic bridge.

From Wednesday (18 July) until Friday (20 July) between  9 am and 3:30 pm, Tharwa Drive will be closed between the entrance to Lanyon Historic Homestead and the intersection with North Street and Naas Road in Tharwa.

The works will include tightening the bridge’s decking and trusses due to weather conditions causing them to contract or expand. Because of its design and timber construction, the Tharwa Bridge requires regular inspections and maintenance works are conducted as required.

Major restoration works were completed on the bridge in 2011 following calls from the community to conserve the bridge and its historic design, which has been a vital link across the Murrumbidgee for over 120 years.

During the closure, a detour will be in place via Tidbinbilla Road and Point Hut Road. 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. For up-to-date information on road closures please visit Transport Canberra website or call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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