The National Works Agency (NWA) has commenced works to replace the Paradise Bridge in Westmoreland, through a $48 Million dollar contract.
Motorists travelling along the Ferris Cross to Dunbars River roadway in Westmoreland have now been detoured onto a temporary roadway at the location of the Paradise Bridge. This is to facilitate works to replace the exisiting compromised structure.
Community Relations Officer for the NWA’s Western Region, Janel Ricketts, says that the NWA is now in the preliminary stages of work to construct a reinforced single cell concrete box culvert at the location. Ms Ricketts explains that the detour was constructed to allow commuters to remain on the existing route for the duration of the six month contract.
The temporary roadway is however restricted to use by only small vehicles, as it is not able to accomodate large units. Operators of trucks, trailers and other large vehicles should instead use the alternative routes through Petersfield or Sweet River.
Ms Ricketts says that as part of works to replace the structure, the existing century-old Arch bridge is being demolished to facilitate the construction of the new bridge which will be equipped with retaining walls and sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety. Additionally, the approach roads will be reinstated with Asphaltic Concrete Overlay.
The Paradise Bridge was officially closed in October 2018, as it was deemed unsafe for vehicular access.