Taragala rail crossing bridge closed

The old railway bridge connecting Taragala to the rest of Cowra closed today.

The bridge has been earmarked for demolition by contractors John Holland who are responsible for Country Rail infrastructure in NSW.

The bridge runs across the disused Cowra-Eugowra rail line on Argoon Street and has been superseded by a new link between Brisbane Street and Brisbane Avenue.

In March this year Cowra Shire Infrastructure and Operations Director Geroge Ridley said keeping the current overpass would be a lost opportunity to have the site cleaned up at not cost to ratepayers.

Mr Ridley told Council it would be desirable to construct a walkway, at a cost of $65,000.

Removal of the existing bridge will be at John Holland’s expense.

If the bridge remained as a pedestrian crossing Mr Ridley said council faced the cost of owning and maintaining the structure.

“There would be an upgrade required for safety fencing and erosion control under the abutments,” Mr Ridley said.

John Holland Rail have allowed for pedestrian facilities at the new vehicle crossing, making the new walkway an extra point of access for pedestrians crossing from Taragala closer to the site of the current overpass.

A new walkway and cycleway has been constructed west of the current bridge.