AFFECTED residents are anxiously waiting for a final decision on the timing of the Bolaro Bridge closure for repairs - and have their hopes pinned on September.
The date of the bridgeworks is back on the agenda and affected community members are unanimous in their request for the bridgeworks to be postponed until September. Their concerns were raised at a meeting between stakeholders, the Cooma-Monaro Shire and Snowy River Councils on Monday night at Adaminaby.
Residents were notified of a revised proposal to close the bridge from June 17 to June 30 after they raised strong objections about a June long weekend closure.
Both mayors and staff from the Snowy River Shire Council and Cooma-Monaro Shire Council were at the meeting chaired by Cooma Monaro Shire council mayor Dean Lynch.
Snowy River Shire mayor, John Cahill said he thought the meeting went extremely well.
"The case made by community members was very compelling.
"In excess of 60 people attended the meeting and they were universal in their request for the bridge works to be delayed until September," Cr Cahill said.
He said that while Snowy River shire supplied half the money for the bridgeworks, Cooma was the lead council overseeing the project.
Cooma-Monaro Shire's director of engineering services David Byrne, who was at the meeting, said the timing of the work was a balancing act between cost, risk and public inconvenience.
"A lot of issues were raised and there may be a simple solution. There are always several options and the meeting suggested a preference to close the bridge in September," Mr Byrne said.
"However, there may be problems with environmental flows at that time of year.
"There is also the issue of delaying the work and the potential risk caused by some bridge users who are exceeding the load limit of the bridge.
"We are in discussions with the contractors and engineers to try to satisfy all parties and finalise all the issues."
Mr Byrne said he was hoping to have an answer by tomorrow (Friday).