WORKS AHEAD: Latest traffic studies show 16,000 vehicles use the Hancock Bridge on weekdays.
WORKS AHEAD: Latest traffic studies show 16,000 vehicles use the Hancock Bridge on weekdays. Rob Williams

Hancock Bridge set for a vital $3.9 million upgrade

BUSY Hancock Bridge at Brassall will undergo a $3.9 million makeover during the next six months.

The joint state and council project will deliver essential maintenance to the bridge, one of the city's key traffic and pedestrian links over the Bremer River.

According to traffic counts in November last year, 16,000 vehicles use the Hancock Bridge every weekday.

The bridge opened in 1960, and despite being closed to flooding in 2011 and 2013, did not sustain significant damage.

Inspections of the bridge were carried out in December last year and early this year.

City Infrastructure Committee Chairwoman Cheryl Bromage said the joint state and council project was part of a routine maintenance program that would help to extend the life of the busy bridge for another 30 to 40 years.

Cr Bromage said work was due to begin this month and was expected to be completed by June next year.

Bridge girder bearings will be replaced and modified and new expansion joints will be installed to the structure.

"These are complex works that will be performed by specialised and experienced crews from the State Government Department of Transport and Main Roads commercial arm, RoadTek," Cr Bromage said.

"Remedial works will also be carried out to the abutments, pier headstocks and damaged hand rails."

Preliminary works started in September with further inspections and stabilisation of piers and removal of debris under the bridge.

Cr Bromage said works would be scheduled to minimise disruption during peak traffic.

The bridge will be down to one lane of traffic during the works.

"Pedestrian, motorist and cyclist access to the bridge will be restricted and supervised by traffic controllers during the extent of the entire works period," Cr Bromage said. "Night works will be required throughout the duration of the maintenance and will be conducted with as few disruptions as possible to the community."



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