Gundaroo Bridge Demolition

19 August 2013

Gundaroo Bridge demolition progressing

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is progressing the demolition of the old Gundaroo Bridge and considering community feedback on keeping the bridge’s history alive.

Road safety and traffic flow has improved for motorists travelling on Canberra to Crookwell Road since the replacement bridge opened over the Yass River near Gundaroo in 2009.

An RMS spokesperson said the 112 year old bridge, which was replaced with a new $3.8 million concrete structure immediately downstream of the existing bridge, will be removed in line with the recommendations in the Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy.

“The strategy outlines the proposed management of Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) timber truss bridges and identifies bridges to be retained to ensure examples of the different types of timber truss bridges are preserved,” the spokesperson said.

“The original Gundaroo Bridge, a single-span Allan truss bridge, was identified for demolition after the replacement bridge was built and because it had been bypassed, there was no scope to bring it back into service.

“RMS is now considering community feedback suggesting part of the bridge trusses be used in a display in Gundaroo Park and leftover timber used in building projects in the town centre of Gundaroo.

“It is important to keep the history of the old bridge alive.

“Once the old bridge is de-listed from the Heritage Register, tenders for a demolition contract will be advertised.

“RMS will continue to liaise with the local community to discuss demolition options before work starts.”

Contact: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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