The lane closed sign on Fitzroy Street, Grafton. Photo: Jojo Newby / The Daily Examiner
The lane closed sign on Fitzroy Street, Grafton. Photo: Jojo Newby / The Daily Examiner JoJo Newby

Load limit on bridge after land slip

MONDAY March 6: Eureka Road Bridge load limit has been reduced to 15 tonnes.

Eureka Road Bridge load limit will be reduced to under 15 tonnes (gross vehicle mass) on today.

The speed limit has also been reduced to 20 km per hour.

Signage and traffic control is in place at the bridge location. Interim speed humps will be installed to encourage low speeds.

Council's acting infrastructure services director, Phil Warner, said an embankment slip had occurred at the site and independent geotechnical engineers have recommended the interim safety measures.

"Planning is underway for geotechnical investigations to identify options for the stabilisation of the landslip," he said.

At 15 tonnes, the school bus services, waste collection vehicles and emergency services vehicles will not be affected.

Mr Warner said an interim set of traffic lights installed earlier this week, have been decommissioned after expensive batteries were stolen with the aid of cutting tools.

Council would appreciate if anyone has witnessed this theft, knowledge about the theft, or sees future tampering with safety equipment and signs, that it is reported to the Police and Council staff.

Council apologises for the inconvenience to the travelling public and appreciates your cooperation.

 

SATURDAY February 25: MOTORISTS are asked to avoid Eureka Road bridge if possible and use alternative routes, particularly heavy vehicles over 15 tonne.

Bridge inspections at the site have shown that the wall abutment next to the bridge has slipped.

Acting infrastructure services director Phil Warner said the bridge has been narrowed to one lane with barriers, the speed limit reduced to 20 kilometres, and traffic lights and additional signage installed.

"Geotechnical engineers are currently investigating the bridge and it is likely that the load limit will need to be reduced," he said.

Council apologises for the inconvenience and asks that motorists obey the signs.