Dora Creek bridge restrictive for some

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SOCIAL DIVIDE: John Shoebridge said the steps leading to the bridge pathway made it impossible for some people to get to the other side of Dora Creek on foot. Picture: Jamieson Murphy

OLD SCHOOL: Locals say the bridge is long overdue for an overhaul. Picture: Jamieson Murphy

THE pedestrian path across Dora Creek Bridge effectively cuts the town in half, a local resident said.

John Shoebridge, 81, said the steps on Baker Street leading to the bridge crossing prevented less able bodied people from accessing local shops and the train station.

“Anybody with a stroller, wheelchair or walker has to somehow try to get up the stairs,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“I can walk up there at the moment, but in a few years I might not be able to.”

For people without a car, the steps are their only option to cross the waterway, he said, because walking across the narrow bridge roadway was not an option.

“It’s not just an inconvenience, it’s a social thing,” he said.

“There are not many other places in New South Wales where you can’t safely walk from one side of town to the other.”

Mr Shoebridge called the situation a disgrace and said a ramp should be installed on the southern end of the bridge.

“The work [Roads and Maritime Service] has been doing is excellent, the lighting is much better – but they’ve missed the point. A ramp would allow equal access for everyone in the community,” he said.

The bridge pathway is also in poor condition. The floorboards shake whenever a truck goes over the bridge, and the fence separates from the bottom of the path in many places.

Dora Creek Progress Association president Mark Mannile believed the pedestrian path on the bridge had not been replaced since it was built.

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