Facelift for Corowa's John Foord Bridge

STATE-of-the-art technology will be used to give the 122-year-old John Foord Bridge a facelift.

The NSW and Victorian governments have provided $400,000 to upgrade the iron lattice truss bridge over the Murray River between Corowa and Wahgunyah this month.

Bridge works will be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 5pm and are expected to be completed by October.

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said NSW Roads and Maritime Services would be using the latest technology to carry out the job.

“The timber footpath across the bridge will be replaced with fibre- reinforced plastic panels which provide better slip resistance for pedestrians and cyclists and will require less regular maintenance,” he said.

“This will be the first time this technology has been used by RMS on a historic bridge in NSW and will ensure the bridge continues to serve the community well into the future.

“Permanent rails will also be installed under the bridge to connect an access platform and allow work crews to carry out future maintenance of the bridge more safely.”

There may be occasional delays of up to 20 minutes during installation of the rails.

River traffic may be diverted around closed river channels when overhead work is in progress.

Access will remain for pedestrians and cyclists with some interruptions.

Electronic signs will be used to advise motorists of closures and more information will be provided as work progresses and the schedule is finalised.

Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time and to follow all signs.

During the closures, road traffic will be detoured via Federation Bridge, about 10 minutes away.