Council will undertake an in-depth traffic study on Cowra's low level bridge to gather data on how local traffic is using the route. The study will also gather data on heavy vehicle movements on the main Cowra Bridge, to provide Council with a comprehensive overview of traffic moving over the Lachlan River and assist in identifying ways to improve traffic efficiency at the crossing.
"A preliminary design report to Council last year investigated options for the replacement of the low level bridge, which was constructed on the site in 1938. Council has regularly replaced the running deck due to flood damage and wear-and-tear, but the reality is it only has a limited working life," Cowra Mayor, Cr Bill West said.
Council moved at their meeting this week to fund a more detailed traffic study of the bridge, surveying the traffic movements over a longer period of time and incorporating intersection analysis to see how local traffic is also using the route.
"Decisions made around the future of the low level bridge will take time, and the bridge won't be suddenly disappearing. The results of this study will provide Council with the necessary data to make informed decisions regarding the replacement of this essential piece of local infrastructure.
It will also allow Council to review cost estimates for this project and to obtain the necessary approvals from the RMS for changing intersections around the bridge if required," Cr West said.