Load limit placed on footbridge
STUDENTS and pedestrians using the historic footbridge at the Mary Valley Heritage Railway will have to start using the bridge in turns until it is either fixed or demolished.
The MVHR yesterday announced a two-person load limit had been placed on the pedestrian overbridge, located at the south end of the old Gympie Station.
MVHR manager Jim Walker said the load limit would make the bridge safer after an engineer’s report had identified significant deterioration through the bridge.
“We have been advised that until a long-term fix can be implemented, the number of persons on the bridge at one time should be limited.
The Rattler has erected signage advising pedestrians that the maximum number of persons on the bridge at any one time is two,” he said.
Rattler staff will supervise the bridge particularly at peak times.
The report also identified a design issue with the western span of the bridge, which has been in use for 70 years, and recommended steel structural girders be installed to strengthen the existing spans.
Mr Walker said the substitution of modern materials, to address safety related issues, was permitted under the Burra Carter for the restoration of historic structures.
“The Rattler is keen to retain this bridge in as close to its original appearance as possible.”
Mr Walker urges pedestrians to take care on the bridge and to observe the “maximum persons” limit, he also thanked Gympie Regional Council for their assistance in providing the engineer’s report.