New Bridge for Snug

The mouth of the Snug River has a new fully accessible bridge which will increase use for all the community.

Kingborough Mayor, Paula Wriedt said the old wooden bridge was built in 1997, with an expected life of around 20 years.

“We had that bridge inspected and an engineer’s report recommended that the bridge be replaced.

“Council agreed to build a new bridge in this year’s Capital Works budget for a cost of $250,000,” Cr Wriedt said.

“The new bridge has been locally made and is aluminium, giving it a life expectancy of 70 years.

“I understand that some community members would have preferred a replacement wooden bridge.  However with ongoing maintenance costs and the limited life expectancy of another wooden bridge, this was a better long term option.

“The wonderful part about the bridge is that it is totally accessible and DDA compliant, with its gradient making it easier to push a bicycle, pram or wheelchair across.

“It is made up of two 20 metre spans also which will allows better access underneath for small boats and kayaks.

“Later in the year a $1.1million upgrade to the Snug Tiers Road and footpath will be scheduled as well as $212,000 for new public amenities located at Kettering Oval.