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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Bermagui Road intersection upgrade and Wallaga Bridge closure / load limit info

The intersection of Bermagui Road and Umbarra Road at Wallaga Lake will be upgraded from Monday 5 November.

Bermagui Road will be widened to provide a right-hand turn lane into Umbarra Road to allow through traffic to safely pass turning vehicles.

The project will also involve the installation of signage to the Wallaga Lake community.

Work is set to begin on Monday 5 November and is expected to be complete by Friday 21 December, weather permitting.

Traffic control will be in place and motorists should expect minor delays when travelling through the area.

The project is fully funded under Roads and Maritime Service’s Road Safety Infrastructure Program.

Motorists are advised of changed traffic conditions on Wallaga Lake Road across the Wallaga Lake Bridge for the next three weeks. Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out preliminary work to plan for future repairs on sections of the bridge. Work includes replacing the bridge decking timbers and tightening the bolts on the existing structure. For the safety of all road users, a load limit reduction of 22.5 tonnes remains in place on the bridge. Traffic will be delayed for periods of up to 15 minutes between 6.30am and 4.30pm until Friday 23 November, weather permitting. Motorists should allow an additional 15 minutes travel time, follow the direction of traffic control and observe reduced speed limits during this time. Roads and Maritime thanks the community for its patience during this time

Above: expect bridge closures on the Wallaga Lake Bridge for periods of up to 15 minutes between 6.30am and 4.30pm until Friday 23 November, weather permitting and a load limit reduction of 22.5 tonnes

LOAD LIMIT CHANGE ON WALLAGA LAKE BRIDGE Heavy vehicles have a lower load limit when travelling over Wallaga Lake Bridge with a reduction now in place. The load limit for heavy vehicles on Wallaga Lake Bridge at Wallaga Lake has been reduced to 22.5 tonnes. A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said an inspection of the bridge indicated some deterioration of the timber structure and a reduction in load was necessary to maintain safety. “The bridge remains safe for all road users but in order for the bridge to continue to provide a safe crossing for motorists travelling on Wallaga Lake Road, a temporary reduction of the existing load limit is required for maintenance investigations,” the spokesperson said. “A 22.5 tonne gross vehicle mass load limit will apply on Wallaga Lake Bridge for 12 months. “School buses will be unaffected by these changes while vehicles larger than 22.5 tonnes will be diverted via the Princes Highway and Cobargo Bermagui Road north bound and the Princes Highway and Bermagui Road south bound. “The detour route is a maximum of 31 minutes longer and is a designated heavy vehicle route. “Load limit signs are now being updated to prepare for the change and the heavy vehicle detour route will be clearly signposted.” A regular inspection program and planned maintenance will ensure the continued safety of all users of the bridge.

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