Runnyford Rd is still closed because the bridge works are incomplete, half a bridge at that. Delays to it’s construction seem to be the result of heritage requirements including increased height for horses to pass underneath which required the use of longer wooden pole supports. No concrete poles allowed apparently. Wouldn’t you have thought more sense would have been used to construct the thing. What do those living adjacent to it have to say?
yours, Reader of the very informative Beagle. Name and address supplied Editor Note: The following media request has been sent Council - as yet there has been no response. Last notice by Council in regards to Runny ford bridge was: Due to rainfall in November and early December work on the bridge has been delayed. The new Runnyford Bridge is now scheduled to be opened by the end of January 2018, weather conditions permitting. Can Council advise when the bridge will be completed? It has been noted that the deck is not down as yet.It was also noted that the R.L of the new deck is higher than the old. We have been advised that the reason for the increase in height was to allow horse and rider to pass under the bridge as part of a Heritage horse trail. Can Council advise why the bridge R.L was lifted. Was it to allow horses to pass under? Can Council advise if the lifting of the bridge to a new R.L was costed in time and dollars in light of the difficulty in finding turpentine logs long enough for the project. Can Council advise why, beyond rain, the project has taken so long to complete when in in March Council said it anticipates the work to be complete by November 2017 and then in October advised "works are on schedule and over half the bridge is now complete" . Thanks in advance. Beagle Editor