Adelaide’s tramline woes have worsened, with the Transport Department now admitting works on the troubled South Road tram overpass have been delayed by weeks.
Structural damage was detected a year ago when a beam shifted off its bearings and debris fell from the bridge, which was only completed in 2010.
The bridge has been closed to cyclists and pedestrians for safety reasons since the problem was identified last January.
The department had hoped to have repairs completed by December, but spokesman Paul Kermode now said the work would not be finished until “some stage in February”.
“Following the lifting of the structure to complete the planned repairs, additional works were identified that needed to be undertaken,” Mr Kermode said.
“We just need to make a few adjustments to those fixing brackets, so that’s the additional work that needs to be done, to make sure that stays level and flat and safe for everyone.”
He said the cost of the extra work would be covered by insurance.
The delay comes as major works are carried out on the tramline extension in Adelaide’s CBD, blocking off the intersection of North Terrace and King William Street.
That upgrade began late on Monday but problems have already emerged, including a failure to adjust traffic light sequences to ease congestion.
“I don’t know why it needs to be monitored. It’s pretty obvious to everybody that when [traffic’s] diverted, [sequences] need to be changed,” Opposition transport spokesman David Pisoni said.
Mr Kermode acknowledged the department had not prepared the lights for the changed traffic conditions, but the information has now been passed on to the Traffic Management Centre.
“They are continually monitoring … all the intersections around the worksite and they are going to make adjustments as required,” he said.