Footbridge closed for safety reasons
The footbridge between Dickson Street and Crawford Road is closed following a visual inspection of the timber beams.
The beams are constructed from a hardwood timber and these generally decay from the inside of the beam to the outside, and so is often not obvious until there is significant loss of section.
We estimate that half of the beams have deteriorated and while we believe it is not at the immediate failure mode – the structure would collapse with little or no warning Council is taking a pre-emptive approach and closing the bridge.
We have appointed CR Taylor Ltd and Opus to implement a temporary footbridge structure.
Opus are designing suitable temporary foundations, conducting structural calculations, design for a handrail system and for potential approach ramps.
At this time we are unable to give a time frame when the temporary structure will be installed. We realise this is a popular walking route and will try to install the replacement as quickly as possible.
Update - Wednesday 24 October 10am - the footbridge is now open. Thanks to the speedy work by CR Taylor Ltd.
The bridge beam will be reused and and will be transported to CR Taylor's yard to get an immediate refurbish and to replace the existing structure.