Projects & Works

River access restrictedafter Eunony work site theft

Published: 19 Feb 2020 3:37pm

The theft of specialised equipment from the Eunony Bridge construction site overnight has forced Wagga Wagga City Council to restrict access to the Murrumbidgee River either side of the bridge.

Access to the river reserves from the western and eastern approaches along Eunony Bridge Road will now be restricted with the closure of the road and fencing installed either side of the bridge.

Council’s Director Commercial Operations Caroline Angel said equipment being used in the $10.6M strengthening and widening of Eunony Bridge was stolen between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and has resulted in delays to the works.

“It’s disappointing from so many perspectives,” Ms Angel said.

“The work is now being held up, less than a week into the full closure of the bridge. Acts such as these impact everyone – Council, the contractors and the general public all suffer as a consequence of these unlawful actions.

“Security will now be tightened at the work site and access will be restricted in those areas around the bridge. It means closing a large section of Eunony Bridge Road, particularly to prevent vehicles accessing the area.

“The equipment that was stolen was quite large and required a vehicle and effort to move.

“As a direct consequence of this theft, costs incurred by additional security measures and the equipment replacement will all roll into the project. They’re additional costs that are unnecessary and they impact on the project.

Ms Angel said the contractor was working quickly to get replacement equipment so work could resume as soon as practicable.

“We will be back in action again soon,” Ms Angel said.

“It is frustrating for everybody to have to stop work when we had made such a good start to this important project.”

The approach road from the eastern side of Eunony Bridge Road will now be closed at the intersection of Gumly Road.

Eunony Bridge will be closed until 1 August 2020, weather permitting.