Planning For Raleigh Bridge Maintenance
Plans to repaint and repair the Heritage-listed Raleigh Bridge are under way.
Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, said Roads and Maritime Services propose to carry out repairs to the bridge, which provides a vital link between Raleigh and Repton.
“This bridge was opened in 1933. To ensure it continues to serve the community and to minimise corrosion, it needs to be repaired and repainted,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Before repainting, the existing lead-based paint will need to be removed. The work will also involve repairing damaged and corroded steel elements on the bridge. Repairs to the concrete piers will be carried out once this work is complete, but will not impact traffic.
“This essential maintenance project is scheduled to start in the first half of next year and will take between nine and 12 months to complete, weather permitting.”
To allow for the repainting work to be carried out safely and efficiently, Roads and Maritime is proposing to close the bridge for the duration of the work. Though, as part of the proposed work plan, school buses would have access across the bridge during the morning and afternoon periods.
“Closing the bridge would allow the work to be carried out as quickly as possible and for the lowest cost.
“This closure will impact on the community and this is why Roads and Maritime has been speaking with local businesses, Bellingen Shire Council and other key stakeholders who use the bridge.
“Alternative routes during this work would add about 10 minutes to travel times.”
A review of environmental factors (REF) is being prepared to determine the social and environmental impacts of the project. The REF will go on display for community feedback early in 2018.
For more information or to register your interest in the project, please contact the project team: 02 6640 1300, Grafton.firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/raleighbridge