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The Parks and Wildlife Service is gearing up for the summer season at the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area with works on the off-road tracks under way, including the replacement of a bridge on the Sandy Cape Track.

PWS Northwest Region manager Geoff Coles said the replacement of the Dawson Creek bridge on the Sandy Cape Track is significant.

“This is the last timber bridge to be replaced on this track and it was important for access as there is no ford at Dawson Creek. The other Sandy Cape Track bridges replaced recently are the Big Eel, Possum Creek and No Mans Creek bridges,” Mr Coles said.

“The remote location of the bridge and the size of the materials made it a challenge to deliver and construct. We’re pleased that the interruption of access was kept to a minimum and that access is now secure for the future.”

Maintenance to the reserve’s off-road tracks has also been under way, with two part-time track workers contracted to provide maintenance and assist with visitor services until the end of April.

Mr Coles reminded visitors to the Arthur-Pieman that if they are driving on the reserve’s off-road tracks, they need to be licensed, their vehicles need to be registered and they need a permit.

“It’s even easier this year to obtain your permit as they are now available at Service Tasmania outlets as well as online at the Parks and Wildlife Service online shop at www.parks.tas.gov.au.”

Funds from the permit sales are returned directly to the Arthur-Pieman to provide for track works, including the replacement of the Dawson Creek bridge, which cost $50,000, employment of track workers and visitor services.

Track and bridge works in the Arthur-Pieman

The 11-metre long stringers for the new bridge were a challenge to transport

Track and bridge works in the Arthur-Pieman

Early stages of the bridge replacement.

Track and bridge works in the Arthur-Pieman

Contractor Grip Wells is dwarfed by the size of the bearers for the new bridge.

Track and bridge works in the Arthur-Pieman

The new bridge at Dawson Creek completes the replacement of four bridges on the Sandy Cape track.