Shark Point Road – Bridge CLOSED

UPDATE – 13 MAY 2022

As we’ve previously advised, Shark Point Road had to be closed due to an unanticipated structural failure of the bridge crossing the Orielton Rivulet. Safety and duty of care for the community was priority, so Council had no choice but to close Shark Point Road immediately.

Works to repair the bridge were investigated immediately. However, as investigations progressed, the decision was made to replace the bridge entirely with an alternative design, rather than repair the current bridge.  The cost for this replacement comes at a greater cost, but it will assist in future proofing the bridge and limit the risk of a similar structural failure happening again.  

The design and manufacturing stage of the replacement bridge structure has commenced, with preliminary design reviews underway onsite. Geotechnical investigations are to be completed as soon as possible. Following the manufacture of the precast concrete elements of the replacement bridge, the Contractor will be starting works onsite in June with works estimated to be completed within 10 weeks, subject to weather and sub-contractor availability. We expect the bridge and Shark Point Road through access to re-open in August 2022.

We know this has been a frustrating and inconvenient time for everyone and we apologise. The cost of replacing the bridge was not budgeted by Council which will likely affect the timing of some projects in next financial years capital works program. We are doing our best to ensure we repair the bridge as efficiently and safely as possible for the best long term outcome for our community. We appreciate your ongoing patience!

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The bridge crossing the Orielton Rivulet on Shark Point Road remains closed to ALL traffic for emergency assessment and works on a box culvert.

Shark Point Road remains open, but the Bridge is closed and cannot be used. There are electronic message board on the Penna Road end and the Tasman Highway end alerting drivers to the closure.

Please detour via Brinktop Road and the Sorell Causeway.

We’ve completed a design for the repair of the bridge. We are now seeing quotes from qualified and available contractors to undertake the works. The works will take approximately 12 weeks to complete once they have commenced. We will advise a work start date once it is confirmed.

The walking track along Shark Point Road (Orielton Lagoon Loop) is still open and able to be used.

We apologise for this inconvenience but the safety of our community is priority. Thank you for your patience and understanding.