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Why is the walkway closed?

13 Jul 2017

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The decking area on the Clarendon St footbridge has been closed for months due to safety reasons, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) says.

The footbridge is privately owned by MCEC and a MCEC spokesperson said the bridge’s wooden section had been closed because “a number of the wooden boards have lifted, causing an uneven surface and thus a tripping hazard”.

The spokesperson said MCEC was commissioning and conducting an engineering report to determine the maintenance works required.

But until the report is completed, the section will continue to be closed and pedestrians will continue to be deprived of the scenic view of the water and riverbanks.

MCEC has not given a timeframe for when the decking area will be re-opened.

MCEC said the bridge was “structurally sound” and was safe to cross on the concrete side of the glass wall.

Whiteman St resident Peter Gibbs, who uses the bridge almost daily, described the pace at which repairs were being undertaken as “bewildering, amusing and frustrating”and made a mockery of Melbourne’s status as the world’s most liveable city.

“ If need be, I am happy to organise a working bee with a handful of friends and our cordless drills to fix the problem,”he said.

“Perhaps a snapshot taken from the same photopoint of the crossing included in each edition of the Southbank Local News will shame the crossing’s owner to undertake what appears to be one day (at most) of repairs.”

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