The bridge is repaired for the present however many are now asking what will happen when it goes up again and that maybe it ought to stay down. The disruption is enormous to the community and can also be life threatening and all for the sake of a tourist boat and a rare yacht wanting to go upstream.
Today we once again witnessed heavy traffic conditions and significant delays. Live Traffic suggested northbound traffic detour via Bega, Cooma and Braidwood for northbound traffic and the reverse for southbound.
For any traffic heading to or from Canberra it is timely to remind travellers that the road is generally unsuitable as a detour and that the Runnyford Road bridge is currently closed to all traffic due to replacement works by Eurobodalla Shire Council. Motorists have been advised of changed traffic conditions on the Princes Highway at Batemans Bay Bridge on Tuesday 17 October. In the RMS media release it states: One night of testing and training will be carried out to ensure the reliable operation of the bridge opening system and to train the bridge operators. This is to ensure any incidents experienced with the lift system can be quickly fixed, reducing delays for motorists and marine traffic. To minimise the impact on motorists, work will be carried out between 7pm and 5am. Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and follow the directions of signs and traffic control. Delays of up to 15 minutes expected as testing takes place. There might now be more caution applied to opening the bridge at all with the uncertainty of it becoming stuck and more concerning REMAINING STUCK.