Kunst Bridge gets overhaul
RELIEF is in sight for seven Tiaro businesses as repair work starts on Kunst Bridge at Tiaro.
For Kathryn and Graeme Blowers, who run beef cattle and farm forestry businesses, the bridge has been their only link to the markets and their fight to have it repaired has been a long one.
“It started in 2000 with the Tiaro Shire Council,” Mrs Blowers said.
“We did have paperwork telling us they would build a new bridge but then we had a change of council and then amalgamation. Then we found out a few months ago the load limit had been reduced to 14 tonnes which would make us unviable.
“It’ll be wonderful when this work is finished. It’ll put us back where we were which is all we asked for. We didn’t want anything more or less, just what we need to survive.”
Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger said Kunst Bridge, one of four old wooden bridges flagged for repairs under the council’s bridge repair program, had been given priority because it affected the viability of surrounding businesses.
“Specialists are putting the scaffolding up after the recent heavy rain and the workforce start this afternoon,” Mr Kruger said yesterday.
“There will be some minor disruptions but we’re allowing morning and afternoon traffic to get across. Some closures may be up to three days when work is being done underneath.”
Bryan Hart, the council’s acting director of infrastructure and enviroment, said major structural elements needed to be repaired and other issues could be discovered as work progressed.
“There are some support structures that need to be corrected and we have a fair bit of white ant activity and rot.
“It’s served its purpose well but it’s at the end of its life as it is.”
Work on Kunst Bridge is estimated to take about eight weeks, costing between $200,000 and $300,000.
The three other bridges about to be repaired are Howard’s Maria Creek bridge, the 18 Mile Creek bridge at Yerra and Jumpo Creek bridge.