ONE lane of traffic has reopened on Bridge Street at Perthville following 11 weeks of flood mitigation works.
The $4 million works program aims to lessen the impact of potential flooding in Perthville village and is being undertaken in two phases.
The bridge closed on September 18 for a projected six weeks to allow stage one of the works to commence.
This stage involved the deepening and widening of Queen Charlottes Vale Creek for approximately 1.5 kilometre and the installation of the box culverts to the east of Bridge Street.
The works were soon delayed after the unexpected discovery of poor quality material at the site.
And, despite a warning from Bathurst Regional Council late last week that predicted heavy rain may delay the reopening, one lane was reopened at midday on Monday.
“The final work is currently underway on site at Bridge Street, Perthville to re-open the street to one lane of traffic at midday today [Monday],” council’s Facebook page announced.
“Traffic across the bridge will be controlled by traffic lights.
Pedestrian access will be restored later this afternoon [Monday].Bathurst Regional Council
“A 40km/h speed limit will be in place and a 10-tonne maximum weight applies.”
Heavy vehicle access remains via O’Regans and Lagoon roads.
However, pedestrian access across Queen Charlottes Vale Creek will be restricted on Monday while a new pedestrian walkway is constructed.
“Pedestrian access will be restored later this afternoon [Monday],” the Facebook post continued.
Flood mitigation works will continue, with stage one expected to be completed by January, 2018.
Perthville businesses remain open for trade as the works continue.
Information on the Perthville Flood Mitigation works, and copies of the project updates are available on the Bathurst Regional Council website at yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au.
What’s happening in stage two?
Stage two will see more than one kilometre of levee constructed to protect properties on the eastern side of Queen Charlotte’s Vale Creek.
The upgrades add to the network of more than 10 kilometres that has been constructed in recent years.