Works to strengthen Cooranbong Bridge are another step closer with Lake Macquarie City Council calling for tenders to undertake the bridge improvement works.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said improvements to the Cooranbong Bridge would create safer access for the more than 8000 vehicles that cross the bridge daily.
“The upgraded bridge will deliver a more reliable journey for drivers, freight operators and the local community,” Cr Fraser said.
“Calling for tenders is a major step forward for this project and for the Cooranbong community who have been waiting patiently for the works to begin.”
Council’s Manager Asset Management Brendan Callander said the improvement works will involve strengthening the superstructure and deck of the bridge, which support the roadway, to increase the load capacity of the bridge and ensure longevity of the structure.
“Since late 2019, temporary traffic arrangements, including single-lane traffic and a temporary speed limit of 40km/h, have been in place on the bridge to allow it to remain open to the majority of vehicles,” Mr Callander said.
“Due to the age, current condition and unforeseen design complications, further strengthening repairs were required than originally expected resulting in some delays to the initial timeframe for the project.
“We are working as fast as we can to deliver the improvement works to allow us to reopen both lanes of the bridge. We thank the community for their patience.”
Construction is due to start in mid-2021.
Tenders must be submitted by 2pm on Tuesday 16 March 2021.
To access tender documentation, visit portal.tenderlink.com/lakemac.
This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and Council.