Michael Johnsen today highlighted that the major upgrade of the historic Middle Falbrook Bridge over Glennies Creek is now complete after more than a year of work.
Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government funded the strengthening of the 114 year old structure to meet modern standards and ensure key heritage elements were preserved, as part of a $145 million commitment by the NSW Government towards the Bridges for the Bush program to improve road freight productivity and reduce timber bridge maintenance costs.
“Built in 1904, Middle Falbrook Bridge is the only example of a concrete Monier piers truss design in NSW,” Mr Johnsen said.
“It was restored and strengthened to ensure it continues to meet the required vehicle load standards while preserving its heritage features.
“The upgrade will ensure continued safe operation of the bridge for motorists and local community.”
Mr Johnsen said work carried out included replacing timber trusses, strengthening decking and improving road approaches.
“Up to 300 vehicles use the bridge each day, with 11 per cent of traffic being heavy vehicles,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Roads and Maritime Services started Middle Falbrook Bridge upgrade in May last year and completed the work this month.”
“The Nationals in Government’s Bridges for the Bush program invests in critical infrastructure to remove a number of significant freight pinch points or bottlenecks on the state road network and to improve the safety and reliability of some old bridge structures,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
More information can found by visiting the on the Middle Falbrook Bridge project website.