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Bridge maintenance program

Kindee Bridge
Kindee Bridge

We are responsible for managing a broad range of bridges throughout our region including:

  • 120 public road bridges - 64 timber bridges and 56 steel and concrete bridges,
  • 14 pedestrian bridges,
  • 9 flood mitigation channel bridges, as well as
  • several timber public wharfs.

About our Bridge Maintenance Program

Our Bridge Maintenance Program forms an integral part of our overall Bridge Management Strategy, ensuring this important community infrastructure remains safe and reliable to meet the level of service required by the community. It includes reactive maintenance, urgent repairs and proactive routine maintenance. 

Working in conjunction with our Bridge Maintenance Program is our Bridge Replacement Program which is focused on replacing, rehabilitating and upgrading high priority bridges throughout the region. 

In some cases, we also impose load limits on our roads and bridges to ensure the ongoing safety of road users.

Timber bridge maintenance

Maintenance activities of the current 64 timber bridges across the region range from minor repairs through to major works including timber redecking, abutment and pile/pier repair/replacement onto full structural rehabilitation/replacement.  Many of these bridges are approaching the end of their serviceable life and due to the lack of old growth timber are repaired/replaced with other materials including concrete, steel and composites.

Bridge Maintenance Program for 2020

We currently invest approximately $1 million each year to maintain our bridges. We also apply for State and Federal Government grants for major bridge upgrades.  Our Bridge Maintenance Program includes current work in progress and work we have planned for the next financial year.

Current work - September 2020

  • Kindee Bridge - structural repairs including node block bolting, handrail replacement; and deck inspection and repair
  • Tipperary Bridge, Tipperary Road - timber bridge renewal

  • Flanagans Bridge, Pappinbarra Road - bridge repairs

Upcoming program for 2020-2021

  • Scrubby Creek Bridge, Pappinbarra Road - concrete bridge replacement (Bridge Renewal Program)
  • Thompsons Bridge, Upper Rollands Plains Road - concrete bridge replacement (Bridge Renewal Program)
  • Black Creek Bridge, Lorne - timber bridge repairs
  • Logan's Crossing Bridge, Kendall - timber bridge repairs
  • Bril Bril Bridge, Rollands Plains - timber bridge rehabilitation and strengthening (pending Federal Government grant funding)
  • Donkins Flat Bridge, Wingham Road, Comboyne - replace timber bridge with concrete culvert (pending Federal Government grant funding)
  • Old School Road Bridge, Herons Creek - replace timber bridge with concrete culvert (pending Federal Government grant funding)
  • Stoney Creek Road, Pembrooke - timber bridge repairs
  • Crowe Roods Bridge, Bellangry - timber bridge repairs

Work we've completed to date - 2019-2020

  • Foxes Road Bridge - girder replacement and decking 
  • Wingham Road Bridge, Comboyne - replaced timber culvert with a concrete box culvert
  • Cowal Creek Road Bridge, Bellangry - replaced timber culvert with a concrete box culvert
  • Myhills Bridge, Upper Rollands Plains - new piles, selected girder replacement, new deck, new sill logs, construction of retaining wall to protect abutment, rectified river bank scour upstream
  • Ready Money Bridge, Upper Rollands Plains - replaced with a new timber bridge
  • Walls Bridge, Pappinbarra Road - replaced with a new timber bridge
  • Brookhouse Bridge, Pembrooke - replaced 4 girders, new pile and new deck
  • King Creek Bridge - replaced damaged girder, packing to temporary piers, replaced handrail following treefall and vehicle accident)
  • Pappinbarra Junction Bridge (Right Arm) - demolished bridge which was destroyed in the November 2019 bushfires, constructed upgraded side track crossing
  • Little Port Lane Bridge - major structural repairs including replacement of 7 girders and new deck
  • Donkins Flat Bridge - temporary girder propping and repairs, load restriction removed
  • Stoney Creek Road Bridge - temporary girder propping and repairs, load restriction removed
  • Old School Road Bridge - temporary girder propping and repairs, load restriction removed

  •  The Cedars Road Bridge - girder replacement and decking, load restriction removed

  • Doyles River Road Bridge - construction of concrete replacement structure of timber bridge which was destroyed in the November 2019 bushfires
  • Old Highway, Debenham - construction of replacement concrete box culvert
  • Bril Bril Bridge - emergency side-track construction
  • Scotts Plains Road Bridge - timber bridge renewal including all girders, deck and reconstruction of abutments, and scour protection works, load restrictions removed
  • Myhills Bridge, Upper Rollands Plains - replacement of under strength girders, load restrictions removed

 

Major concrete bridge projects 

In addition to the work completed in the current financial year on many of our timber bridges, we have also completed major upgrades, replacement and rehabilitation to many of our concrete bridges over the last 5 years with an investment of approximately $37 million, including:

  • Albert Street Bridge, Kendall
  • Bulli Creek Bridge, Comboyne Road
  • Dunbogan Bridge, Diamond Head Road
  • Hartys Creek Bridge, Comboyne Road
  • Hyndmans Creek Bridge, Comboyne Road
  • O'Neills Bridge, Batar Creek Road
  • Stingray Creek Bridge, Ocean Drive

This page was last updated on: 17 November 2020