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The Cam River Bridge will return to two-lane operation from 6:00 am today [Tuesday, 1 November 2022] following the successful completion of repairs.

The Cam River Bridge will return to two-lane operation from 6:00 am today [Tuesday, 1 November 2022] following the successful completion of repairs.

Testing of the bridge was completed before dawn this morning, with the results showing it was safe to reopen the closed lane to traffic.

The opening follows the installation of additional concrete strengthening between the bridge piers after tests showed the initial repairs needed further support.

A reduced speed limit is currently in place and monitoring of the bridge’s stability will continue as an additional safety precaution to ensure there is no further movement, while work continues to build the new Cam River Bridge.

The new Cam River Bridge will be higher, reducing the risk posed by floods. Wider lanes, a cycle lane and a pedestrian pathway will provide more room for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. The wider lanes will also make it easier to keep traffic moving in the event of a crash or vehicle breakdown on the bridge.

We thank the public for their patience while the repairs were completed. We acknowledge the travel time delays and inconvenience caused by the lane closure.

We also thank all those involved in supporting the community during the closure and repairing the damage as quickly as possible.

This lane closure has seen collaboration between local north west businesses, contractors, consultants, suppliers, bus operators, health and emergency services, schools, and local and state government, and we thank them for their flexibility and adaptability in achieving the best possible outcome for the community.

Additional route 197 Metro bus services are operating each weekday between Wynyard and Burnie. These services and all school bus services across the Cam River Bridge will continue to be free through until Friday. The public are encouraged to take this opportunity to try public transport for their daily commute.

The bridge was damaged by fast-moving flood waters from October’s extreme rainfall event, which required restricting the bridge to one lane on 20 October 2022.