Hindmarsh Shire Council has permanently closed the Albacutya Bridge after a condition inspection revealed the bridge is further deteriorating.

This deterioration was likely accelerated due to the recent earthquake.

All road users wishing to travel Albacutya Road past Outlet Creek will now be required to use the gravel bypass by following the detour signage on site.

The closure will remain in place for several months while the replacement bridge is constructed.

Site mobilisation is scheduled to start late October with demolition due to begin shortly after.

Mayor Cr Ron Ismay said “Council looks forward to the new Albacutya Bridge being constructed. The new dual lane bridge will greatly improve accessibility and safety for all road users, particularly heavy vehicles during the busy gypsum season.”

The existing single-lane bridge structure is around 100-years-old and is to be replaced with a new two-lane bridge over Outlet Creek.

It was announced in June this year that the contract for construction of the new bridge had been awarded with works then expected to commence in September and be complete mid-2022.

Restrictions on construction workers delayed the project during September this year.

This comes after many years of awaiting the funding required for the project: federal funding was announced in late 2020 following state funding announced as part of a broader roads program three years earlier.

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