Umbagong District Park Bridges Need Urgent Repairs, Residents Say | Canberra time

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Belconnen residents have grown frustrated with temporary bridge closures in Umbagong District Park in Latham. The park’s popular bridges have been closed by ACT Transport and City Services since April 2021 due to safety concerns, although Belconnen Community Council chairman Glen Hyde said problems had been present much earlier. “Transportation and city departments told us the bridges had been out of service for about 12 months, but I’d say these issues have been going on for 25 or 26 years,” Mr Hyde said. “It’s not uncommon to see some of the actual railings or walking points on bridges falling apart because they’re wooden and that’s always going to be a problem, especially with the extreme weather conditions we get.” I’m still not 100% through why they decided to stop using them. I understand that a risk management assessment has been performed on them and has determined that the risk is too high of someone being injured or possibly killed with continued use. “There’s a good deal of community feeling that they weren’t at that point where they were a higher risk, so people got frustrated with how long they were closed.” READ MORE: The three bridges have been out of use for nearly 10 months, raising questions about how long it will take the ACT government to replace them. Mr Hyde said it was crucial that new bridges were built. “While I wish I could support community members’ view that bridges only need to be restored, I don’t think that’s practical,” he said. “Of course I find it frustrating not being able to use the bridges and for the community – whether temporary or permanent – it’s always upsetting because everyone gets used to a particular life when it comes to these structures. ” rather see us installing something that will work for 50 to 60 years in the future rather than something that we have to fix every two years. It shouldn’t take long for the government to install new ones, with a decent crew a bridge could take six weeks to two months. An ACT government spokesperson said plans and designs to replace the bridges had begun and “due to the environmental values ​​in the Umbagong District Park, ecological and heritage assessments must first be undertaken to determine the design. and timing most appropriate for bridge replacements.” “These assessments are ongoing and a design consultant has been hired to ensure a quick transition from planning assessments to preliminary design assessments,” the spokesperson said. . “Community consultation will take place in early 2022 and the Umbagong Bridges Community Action Group will be invited to participate, along with local residents.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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