Bridge replacements continue
Published on 02 September 2019
As part of an ongoing focus to address ageing timber bridges across the MidCoast, works will commence this month to replace Little Cedar Party Creek Bridge at Cedar Party.
It’s great news for locals as the existing single lane timber bridge on Comboyne Road is set to be replaced with a new concrete structure over the coming months. As well as a wider two-lane thoroughfare, the newly constructed bridge will allow the current 30 tonne load limit to be removed. Road approaches on either side will be reconstructed to align with the wider bridge, and the structure will be reinstated at a slightly elevated level to improve future flood immunity.
“Because of their age and condition, our timber bridges are costly to maintain”, explained Rhett Pattison, MidCoast Council’s Manager of Projects and Engineering. “Replacing them with modernised concrete structures not only reduces our ongoing maintenance costs, but contributes to a more reliable and safer transport network for our community”.
To avoid disruption, the replacement of Little Cedar Party Creek Bridge has been scheduled to take place after Killabakh’s annual “Day in the Country” event. Works will commence later this month and continue through to December, weather permitting. To allow the project to be managed safely and effectively, traffic will be detoured using Shorts Road, Cedar Party Road and Youngs Road for the duration of the works. While the detour will be clearly signposted, motorists are asked to be alert to changed traffic conditions and to allow extra travel time.
This project is part of the $100M Road Upgrade Package, funded by the NSW Government in association with MidCoast Council, with the Australian Government also providing $350,000 under Round 3 of the Bridges Renewal Program.
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said “Regional councils currently maintain more than 1800 timber bridges across NSW, some of which are more than 100 years old”.
“We are investing in our regional bridges to help keep our communities connected to each other and to services.”
There are 542 bridges across the local government area, of which 192 are timber. And while the MidCoast makes up just 1% of the NSW population, the region is home to a disproportionate 10% of the state's timber bridges.
For more information about the Little Cedar Party Creek Bridge replacement, and other timber bridge replacement projects in the pipeline, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/roads
These projects are part of MidCoast Council’s commitment to improving infrastructure across the region.