Stabilising works for the Glen Willow Footbridge will begin next month, six weeks before the upcoming NRL Charity Shield match.
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Mid-Western Regional Council resolved to complete rectification works at the November general meeting as advised by a Council report outlining the requirement for crowd loading.
Safety concerns were initially raised about the $400,000 suspension bridge after the Super Rugby match in February, which attracted a crowd of 6357. At the time, users described the bridge as ‘dangerous’ due to excess movement caused by the large crowd.
The upcoming NRL game in February 2018 has created a situation where the rectification works are recommended to be fast-tracked.- Council report
‘The upcoming NRL game in February 2018 has created a situation where the rectification works are recommended to be fast-tracked. A plan is progressing to complete rectification works prior to the match,’ the Council report advised.
In an effort to speed up the works, the report suggested the project should be split up into components, ‘which allows specialist suppliers to concentrate on their area of expertise and also allow activities to run concurrently, hence reducing the timeline.’
The works, due to commence on January 10, will be completed in three stages:
The report said, “Although the process reduces time it introduces other risks such as increased administration and coordination of works, also more players are involved increasing the risk of delays”.
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