January 6, 2021
Gunnedah Shire Council has expressed its disappointment at the action of vandals that has led to the closure of the Orange Grove Rd Bridge until a new one is constructed.
Gunnedah Shire Council Director Infrastructure Services Jeremy Bartlett said police had been informed after vandals set fire to the bridge on Wednesday night, causing significant structural damage.
“It is truly disappointing that people have vandalised this bridge to a point where it is no longer safe to remain open,” Mr Bartlett said.
“This bridge has already been earmarked for replacement, with construction due to start before May this year, but this closure will cause problems for residents along the road, for primary producers and for school bus services.
“We have no choice but to close the bridge until the new one is constructed. This thoughtless act will continue to inconvenience drivers and has occurred at a time when our Shire is already facing the major task of repairing roads damaged by the recent floods.
“Council will be required to close Orange Grove Road in the area of the bridge, with notification at either end of this lengthy road.”
Anyone who has information about the vandalism of the bridge is urged to contact Gunnedah Police.
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