Delay in demolition of old bridge

The old Gobarralong Bridge is still standing after a live cable was found on it.
The old Gobarralong Bridge is still standing after a live cable was found on it.

A delay in the demolition of the old Gobarralong Bridge has occurred due to a live Telstra cable being discovered on the bridge.

The cable was previously thought to have been inactive.

Gundagai Council director of engineering Ray Graham said Telstra is working to have the line relocated onto the new bridge, at no cost to Council.

While the original budget for the bridge contract was $1,885,000, two major variations occurred during the project.

The bridge deck was widened to accommodate wider farm machinery, and extra piling depth was required, costing a total of $139,813 and bringing the total contract sum to $2,024,813.

To date, the bridge contractor has been paid $1,962,083 with $62,730 outstanding which will be paid upon successful completion of the demolition.

The whole project to date has cost $2,169,130.

Works commenced on the replacement of the flood damaged bridge in mid 2015, with the official opening being held in October 2015.

 

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