CONSTRUCTION of the new Back Creek footbridge at South West Rocks has started with a rough completion date of late December, just in time for Christmas.
The construction compound is reportedly in place, and the installation of the new piling is underway, just to the north of the existing bridge. Fabrication of the decking is being conducted offsite and will commence later this month.
The area gets very busy during the holidays, and Kempsey Shire Council asks pedestrians and motorists to take care, slow down and be aware of instructions from the bridge crews, particularly for those in the water. Vehicles can still access the northern end of Back Creek, but motorists and pedestrians are urged to take care.
The old Back Creek footbridge was constructed in 1980 to replace the previous bridge. The footbridge was closed on January 3 following the discovery of a structural issue. An inspection of the bridge revealed that many components were in poor condition, with some of the supporting timbers close to structural failure. Plans for a new bridge were started by council immediately.
The estimated cost of the project, including demolition of the existing footbridge and the construction of the replacement, is $1.347 million. Demolition of the old bridge will not occur until February 2020 after the summer holiday period has ended.
For more information, head over to the Kempsey Shire Council website: www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/back-creek.
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