Tenders are now open to build a bridge across Mulwaree River as part of the Lansdowne Bridge replacement project.
A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the tenders are important for the community, as it means work to build a new bridge as well as associated road work will start soon.
“The old bridge opened in 1902 and served the community well, but a new crossing is needed to better cater to the needs of the community now and in future, “ a spokesperson said.
“Early demolition work has started and involves installing new underground cables and removing overhead power lines and is due to be complete mid-next month.
“Twenty tonnes of large steel frames are currently being put together to prop up the old bridge for removal and in coming weeks divers will install steel plates in the Mulwaree Ponds to support these frames.”
“As soon as the powerlines are relocated, a crane pad will be built to allow a large crane on site to install propping frames and to remove the bridge.”
The old bridge is expected to be removed by crane at the start of May, with the successful contractor announced sometime in June.
The new bridge aims to improve safety for road users with wider lanes and shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists, which should also reduce the impact of maintenance work on the community.
The bridge is expected to be completed within 12 months, weather permitting.