Armidale Regional Council has imposed load limits on four local timber bridges, after getting external advice about their capacity to carry vehicles with heavy loads.
The council said this was an interim measure while it made progress with its timber bridge replacement program.
It said the new structures would address the safety issues for each of the four bridges and ultimately remove the imposed load limits.
“Structural engineers inspected the four bridges and have set load limits which we must adhere to, so as to preserve access and ensure the safety of bridge users until necessary upgrades are completed under council’s 2017/18 bridge renewal program,” council service delivery group leader Mark Piorkowski said.
Load limits and heavy vehicle detours will be in place as follows:
- Shingle Hut Bridge on Castledoyle Rd about 10km east of Armidale: rigid truck 11 tonnes, articulated truck 22 tonnes, per axle group 10 tonnes. Detour via Long Swamp Rd and Fosters Rd;
- Wollomombi River Bridge on Rockvale Rd about 35km north east of Armidale: rigid truck 12 tonnes, articulated truck 22 tonnes, per axle group 10 tonnes. Detour via Chandler Rd, Tullock Rd and Lyndhurst Rd;
- Station Creek Bridge (also known as House Creek Bridge) on Wongwibinda Rd about 3km north of Waterfall Way: Rigid truck 11 tonnes, articulated truck 22 tonnes, per axle group 10 tonnes. Detour via Ebor to the Guyra-Ebor Rd; and
- Bakers Creek Bridge on Old Hillgrove Rd near Hillgrove: rigid truck 11 tonnes, articulated truck 22 tonnes, per axle group 10 tonnes. Detour via Waterfall Way and Stockton Rd.