CONFIRMED: Nearly $200k to reopen Roma’s Rigger Rd bridge
The Riggers road bridge is officially set to be restored and reopened after councillors unanimously recognised it’s historic value as it was the original highway in town.
As part of council’s 2021/22 budget, $375,000 was put aside for the bridge and fortunately a quote came before council at $199,210.68, excluding GST.
According to the February 10 council agenda, the bridge has undergone a detailed non-destructive test to help obtain the current status of the bridge components and develop a restoration strategy.
Due to the specialised nature of the work, council has been working the Timber Restoration Systems Pty Ltd (TRS) and Wood Research and Design (WRD) to develop the strategy, which has now been provided, along with costings.
Mayor Tyson Golder moved that council enter a contract with TRS and authorise as part of the reopening scope – an information board outlining the history of the bridge, including the works undertaken by the then Roma Town Council and Australian Defence Force personnel; and installation of additional way-finding signage to the Arthur St carpark.
Cr Golder amended the motion to include key stakeholders to provide their input about the bridge, saying it was a huge deal back in the day with the Army so would prefer more community consultation.
Cr Wendy Taylor said she received a lot of community feedback for the bridge to be reopened and said it will very advantageous for traffic to be able to travel back into town from the Big Rig.
“I know a lot of people have been asking for it and it’s under budget as well,” she said.
Cr Joh Hancock thanked council staff for their work on the project, saying “I think this is a fantastic project for the Roma region and it’s a link to a main street and I’m really happy to see this has made budget, and under budget”.
“I’ve been pushing for this for a long time and I’m very happy this is moving in the right direction,” Cr Golder concluded.
All nine councillors voted in favour for the restoration to go ahead.