Bridge restrictions implemented due to deterioration

April 15, 2024 BY

Pollocksford Bridge crosses the Barwon River. Photo: FACEBOOK/REEL ACTION DESIGN

A THREE-TONNE load limit and a 10km/h speed limit have been implemented on the Pollocksford Road bridge in Gnarwarre after engineers discovered the structure had deteriorated.

Engineers’ assessment on March 18 revealed the bridge’s condition had worsened more quickly than anticipated since its last assessment, affecting the integrity of its deck.

Surf Coast Shire, which has full maintenance responsibility for the Pollocksford Road bridge, is working with Golden Plains Shire to explore long-term solutions.

Surf Coast Shire’s general manager of placemaking and environment Chris Pike said safety was paramount.

“Safety is obviously our top priority, so we’ve put these restrictions in place to protect road users while we plan the next steps,” he said.

“Local businesses that are known to use this bridge are being contacted and McHarrys are working on alternative arrangements for school buses for term two.”

“We’ll be monitoring compliance with the new limits, with our next step being a full closure if we find that road users don’t comply with this safety-first approach.”

“We have been working with structural engineers to develop permanent solutions but don’t have the time to wait for this process to run its course.”

“We’ll provide updates as new information becomes available.”

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