The pedestrian bridge, west of Moonan Flat was closed yesterday, Thursday 3 March 2016 after an inspection found termite damage to the piers has caused the bridge abutments to sink and become unsafe.
The damage from the termites has meant the piers downstream have sunk 200mm into the ground and the piers upstream have sunk 40mm into the ground.
Council General Manager Waid Crockett said the bridge is not safe to be used and has had to be closed.
Council is sending letters to surrounding residents notifying them of the closure of the footbridge and signage is in place.
Residents use the Colonels Footbridge when the Hunter River is flooded as this is the only access over the Hunter River to Moss Vale Road.
Council is conducting further investigations of the bridge to determine what repairs are required.
Reported to the March Council Meeting to determine funding arrangements to ensure the footbridge is repaired to be safe for the community to use.
Mr Crockett thanked residents who had called Council’s attention to the bridge’s condition, leading to it being moved up the priority list on the 2016 bridge inspection list.
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