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Bridge maintenance program

Kindee Bridge
Kindee Bridge

We are responsible for managing a broad range of bridges throughout our Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area (LGA) 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. Working in conjunction to our Bridge Maintenance Program is our Bridge Replacement Program which is focussed on replacing, rehabilitating and upgrading high priority bridges throughout our LGA - subject to available funding. 

The Bridge Maintenance Program includes reactive maintenance, urgent repairs, proactive routine maintenance, along with major rehabilitation and renewal of our bridges as needed. In some cases, we also impose load limits on our roads and bridges where infrastructure condition may require a load capacity - to ensure the ongoing safety of road users.

Timber bridge maintenance

Maintenance on our timber bridges specifically may range from minor repairs, through to timber redecking, girder replacement, abutment and pier repairs, and full rehabilitation of the structure when necessary. 

Repair and maintenance of timber bridges differs to that for modern constructions and as timber bridges are more susceptible to damage from floods and bushfires. The large diameter timber girders and other timber material required can be difficult to source due to the limited availability of old growth forests. 

Bridge Maintenance Program for 2020

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council currently invests approximately $1 million each year for maintaining our bridges. From time to time, we also apply for and receive 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 - July 2020

  • Kindee Bridge - structural repairs including node block bolting, handrail replacement and deck inspection and repair
  • Foxes Road Bridge - girder replacement and decking

Upcoming program for 2020-2021

  • Tipperary Bridge, Tipperary Road - timber bridge renewal
  • Scrubby Creek Bridge, Pappinbarra Road - concrete bridge replacement (Bridge Renewal Program)
  • Thompsons Bridge, Upper Rollands Plains Road - concrete bridge replacement (Bridge Renewal Program)
  • Flanagan's Bridge, Pappinbarra Road - bridge repairs
  • 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

  • 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: 09 July 2020