LOCALS will have noted that work has recommenced on the now long closed Parsonage Creek bridge, which was scheduled to be re-opened some months ago.
The $2 million project to improve road alignment and upgrade the flood prone causeway has fallen behind schedule due to design delays and a spate of wet weather earlier in the year.
The work is being carried out by the Bombala Council on behalf of the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), with the section of road being part of the state highway.
It is understood that the RMS took an unexpectedly lengthy amount of time to settle design differences and have only just given Council the go ahead to continue work following a long hiatus during wet weather.
The overall project has involved earthwork, a temporary diversion of Parsonage Creek and installation of a bridge sized box culvert.
It seems decisions relating to the raising of the road level and drainage have contributed to the delay, but the completed project is expected to prevent closures of the Monaro Highway due to frequent flooding.
The road will be widened and realigned, and a guardrail installed to improve driver safety, while the surface will also be improved on the approaches to the culvert.
It is anticipated that the remaining work will take approximately six weeks barring further delays, so the road is expected to be open for Christmas.