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Obey signage as flooded roads reopen, Murray Bridge council urges
A number of local roads have reopened since the River Murray dropped, but motorists should still be careful, council CEO Michael Sedgman says.
Drivers are being urged to follow speed and load limits on flood-affected Murraylands roads.
More and more roads are reopening in the wake of the summer’s floods, including North and South Bokara Road at Mypolonga.
But many of those that had dried out would remain vulnerable to damage for some time, Murray Bridge council CEO Michael Sedgman explained.
Further road damage would make repairs more expensive – and ratepayers, or state or federal taxpayers, would ultimately have to foot the bill.
“We understand people are eager to access roads that have been unavailable for some time due to the Murray River flood, and we are working hard to restore access as quickly and safely as possible,” Mr Sedgman said.
“We don’t want to keep any roads closed longer than is absolutely necessary.
“But ... protecting council roads from unnecessary degradation as conditions dry out and the environment settles is important.
“If too much weight is put on those roads too early, it can cause further damage and become a more expensive exercise for council in the long run.”
Avoca Dell Drive, Toora Road and Bowman Street, Tolmer Road and Stacey Street at Wellington are among the roads which have reopened with three-tonne weight limits.
Ferry Road at Wellington has also reopened, according to the Department for Infrastructure and Transport.
Some other roads – including parts of Long Flat Road, on Murray Bridge’s east side – will have to stay shut for a while yet.
Avoca Dell Reserve, Bell’s Landing Reserve, Hume Reserve and the toilets and playground at Sturt Reserve remain closed, too.
More information: Visit www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au or call the River Murray Flood Info Line on 1800 362 361.
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