Behind the barriers on Goulburn's eastern edge, workers are beavering away completing one of the city's most anticipated projects.
Council frustration at the rate of progress on Lansdowne Bridge's replacement boiled over early last year. However, work to replace the old timber truss structure with a new concrete bridge has picked up pace.
A spokeswoman for the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) said following installation of the new girders in early February, the new concrete decks had now been completed to four of the five bridge spans.
The final concrete pour for the deck is expected any day.
In addition, the concrete retaining wall on the bridge's western side has been completed, including back-fill to form the new pavement foundation and part of the western road approach to the structure.
"The first stage of the eastern roadworks, which includes realignment of Bungonia Road and Forbes Street to the east of the bridge, has finished," the spokeswoman said.
"A traffic switch was completed in late March, with vehicles now travelling on new sections of Bungonia Road and Forbes Street."
Meantime, work is underway on new concrete traffic barriers. These will extend along the top of the retaining wall from the western approach and across the new bridge. This will be carried out over coming months.
The RMS also started on a shared path across the bridge and its connection onto Forbes Street this month.
On other fronts, work to build electrical conduits and footings for new street lighting is underway along Bungonia Road.
"Following the traffic switch in late March, work is continuing to build the realigned eastern road approach, including retaining walls and stormwater drainage," the spokeswoman said.
"Landscaping has commenced, with topsoil and grass seed placed above the new road cuttings to the east of the bridge."
In a report to councillors at their meeting this Tuesday, operations director Matt O'Rourke states the project is "generally progressing to schedule," with the new bridge due to open to traffic by mid-July, subject to weather conditions.
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