Update on Rossys Creek Bridge closure and work

The engineering assessment of Rossys Creek Bridge on Corrowong Road west of Delegate has been completed. Due to the condition of the abutment – the supportive substructure at the ends of the bridge – Rossys Creek Bridge must remain closed.

This failed section and forecast wet weather over the next week increases the risk of further damage to the bridge. This closure has been put in place in the interest of public safety and all efforts are being made to reopen the bridge as soon as possible.

Council is currently planning temporary repairs to the abutment which are expected to be completed in approximately three weeks. Once the temporary repairs have been completed, Rossys Creek Bridge will reopen subject to substantial load restrictions, reduced speed and single lane traffic only.

A detour along Browns Camp Road remains in place. Work to improve the condition of this detour road is also planned from next week.

The engineering assessment has determined Rossys Creek Bridge ultimately needs to be replaced. Council is applying to the NSW State Government’s Fixing Country Bridges Program Round 2 grant program to secure funding for this replacement, with applications due this week.

Estimated costs for improvements to Rossys Creek Bridge are in excess of $550,000.

Over the last five years, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, with support through various State and Federal funding opportunities, has invested over $4.7 million in bridge replacement repairs and upgrades in the Bombala/Delegate area.

Across our region’s 15,162 square kilometres, Council is responsible for the maintenance of 2,467.68km of roads, 1,702.15km of which are unsealed. Council is further responsible for the maintenance of 95 different bridges, 65 of which are on unsealed roads. 34 of these are timber.

We appreciate the difficulty and frustration of waiting for road and bridge maintenance. Our roads teams and contractors work year-round on maintaining the region’s roads and bridges, but with a huge area and thousands of kilometres to cover with limited resources – it takes time.

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