Upcoming closures of the Princes Highway at Quamma for repairs to Dry River Bridge
Upcoming closures of the Princes Highway at Quamma for repairs to Dry River Bridge - Sunday 21 July between 7pm and 11pm
Motorists are advised of upcoming closures of the Dry River Bridge on the Princes Highway at Quaama for essential maintenance work to be carried out.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said bearings will be replaced on the bridge, located 30km north of Bega, to increase its life and reduce further maintenance costs.
“The Princes Highway carries a large amount of traffic so it is important to keep the bridge safe for all road users,” the spokesperson said.
To prepare for the planned work, crews will be testing equipment at night on Sunday 21 July between 7pm and 11pm, weather permitting. This is in addition to daytime road maintenance activities which have been underway since late June.
The spokesperson said no vehicles or pedestrians will be permitted to cross the bridge during this time for the safety of workers and road users.
“The full closure is required to test the jacking system which will raise and lower the bridge during maintenance work next month,” the spokesperson said.
Work to replace the bearings will be carried out from Sunday 4 August for two weeks on weeknights from Sundays to Thursdays, between 7pm and 5am, weather permitting.
The spokesperson said that Dry River Bridge will need to close to traffic each night during this two week period between 7pm and 9pm while the bridge is lifted to allow crews to safely work under the structure, and then from 3am and 5am each morning as the bridge is brought back down to its standard height.
“No traffic will be able to travel over the bridge during the closures,” the spokesperson said.
“Motorists are advised to plan their journey to avoid lengthy delays.
“Emergency services located north of Dry River Bridge will be able to access Quaama during the closure periods and in the event of an emergency, residents should always dial triple zero (000).
“Outside of these closures, Dry River Bridge will operate as a single lane during work hours under stop/slow traffic control.
“Single lane closures may also be in place outside of work hours as required and motorists are advised to check electronic message boards for additional traffic changes.
“Reduced speed limits will be in place throughout the worksite at all times.
“Motorists are advised to follow the directions of signs traffic and control, and to allow up to 15 minutes additional travel time outside of the scheduled nightly bridge closures.
“Transport for NSW thanks the community for its patience while work is carried out.”
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