Historic timber bridge maintenance

NSW has a proud history of timber bridge design, construction and maintenance. Many of the State’s charming old timber bridges are now classified as “State Significant” under the Heritage Act and remain in full service today, a testament to the integrity of their original design and construction.

The ongoing maintenance of these bridges is expensive, time-consuming, hazardous and labour-intensive. It requires a high level of technical skill and teamwork, and the supply of increasingly scarce high-grade hardwood.

As part of its ongoing Oral History Program, Roads and Maritime Services has produced this film record of some of the typical activities involved in maintaining the State’s heritage timber bridges.

The DVD may be ordered from the Transport Library at a cost of A$11 plus postage and handling. Orders may also be placed by fax to the Transport Library on +61 2 8849 2488 or by emailing library@rms.nsw.gov.au.

The Chapter files from the DVD are accessible on this page.

1. Introduction

Duration 3 mins 45 secs

2. McKanes Bridge McDonald Truss built 1893

Duration 9 mins 50 secs

3. Timber

Duration 5 mins 15 secs

4. Monkerai Bridge Old PWD Truss - Emergency repairs

Duration 9 mins 40 secs

5. Luskintyre Bridge Steel Truss built 1904

Duration 7 mins 40 secs

6. Dangar Bridge Dare Truss built 1930

Duration 6 mins 48 secs

7. Credits

Duration 60 secs

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