Comments invited on Timber Truss Bridge Heritage Strategy
18 July 2011
The Roads and Traffic Authority has announced the release of a strategy to manage conservation of Roads and Maritime Services (replacing Roads and Traffic Authority)-managed timber truss bridges and has called on local communities to comment on the plan.
A Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said the plan identifies bridges to be retained to ensure examples of the different types of timber truss bridges are preserved.
“The Roads and Traffic Authority recognises the importance of protecting the heritage of the state’s timber truss bridge history and has worked with the Heritage Council of NSW and heritage groups during the preparation of the strategy,” the spokesperson said.
“The strategy, which has considered each bridge’s operational and heritage significance, proposes to retain 25 of the 48 remaining Roads and Traffic Authority-managed timber truss bridges.”
More than 400 timber truss bridges were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s and were designed for horse drawn wagons or early vehicles.
Most timber truss bridges are single lane and are located on State and Regional roads which are part of important transport routes for regional farming and production.
The strategy has identified the bridges least likely to face increasing freight traffic and which can be preserved without affecting the regional road network.
This involves removing and adding some bridges to the State Heritage Register.
“The conservation strategy is about striking a balance between heritage and transport needs,” the spokesperson said.
“The Roads and Traffic Authority manages around 5,000 bridges across the state with 20 per cent of its bridge maintenance budget spent on its 48 timber truss bridges.
“The strategy will help ensure funding is directed towards bridges which have the highest heritage significance, while bridges on important transport routes can be replaced to meet the needs of the freight industry.
“Communities and interest groups across the state are invited to comment on the strategy as well as issues relating to specific bridges.”
Feedback on the strategy is due by 26 August 2011 and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to Timber truss road bridges, Locked bag 928, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
For more information about the project, call the community information line on 1800 633 332 or visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects/projects/maintenance.