During a Council Meeting held on Monday 27 May, Cowra Council decided to continue investigation into how best to restore or replace Cowra’s significant low level bridge.
A Preliminary Design Report and Traffic Study was presented at Council’s meeting which will see Council proceed with investigations into a number of variations into possible outcomes for the bridge.
“Council is adamant that through these investigations, we will find a solution which will resolve some of the issues currently being faced”, Mayor of Cowra, Cr West said.
Investigations include modelling a range of options for the intersections of Lachlan Valley Way (Boorowa Road), the Olympic Highway (Young Road) and the Mid-Western Highway (Grenfell Road).
“The complex traffic movements now and into the future around these intersections requires evidence based decision making and that is what this extra modelling will provide,” explained Cr West.
“Discussions have been undertaken with a number of nearby businesses and clubs which may be impacted by the potential changes, and Council will continue to maintain that communication.”
The existing timber low level bridge has an important function by providing an alternate route to the state highways for local traffic; however it is unlikely the existing bridge is able to maintain its structural integrity over the coming years due to deterioration.
“It is our goal to ensure this route remains open to reduce traffic density and intersection delays,” Cr West concluded.