Barrington Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services is continuing to plan for the replacement of Barrington Bridge on Thunderbolts Way near Gloucester.

Barrington Bridge
Barrington Bridge

Updates and announcements

GHD Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract for the next stage of project development and will carry out the concept design, environmental assessment, geotechnical investigation, final design and develop documents for the proposed new bridge.

The NSW Government is providing $700,000 in funding in 2016/17 to plan this project which will improve safety and reliability of the bridge across the Barrington River.

The proposal involves replacing the existing timber bridge with a structure on an improved alignment to reduce long term maintenance costs and improve road freight productivity while meeting the changing traffic needs of the community in Barrington and surrounding areas.

Work will include building a new low maintenance bridge complete with a pedestrian footpath on the northern side and then removing the existing Allan timber truss bridge is in operation.

The location and alignment of the bridge and approaches will be available for comment in early 2017 and will consider the community and stakeholder feedback received in February 2016.

Roads and Maritime will keep the community updated as this project progresses.

Project background

The Barrington Bridge which crosses the Barrington River at Barrington was built in 1920. The bridge is one of the bridges identified for replacement in the Roads and Maritime Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy, which was developed in consultation with the Heritage Council of NSW.

The strategy was developed to address the long term management of these structures and aims to establish a balance between infrastructure provision and heritage conservation. The strategy was displayed for stakeholder and community comment in 2011. The feedback received was considered in finalising the strategy and identifying bridges for replacement and conservation.

The bridge is located on Thunderbolts Way, which is an important freight link between the Mid North Coast and the New England Tablelands serving tourism, livestock and timber industries.

The proposal to replace the bridge is still in its early development. Different options are being investigated to deliver the work with minimum inconvenience to residents, stakeholders and the community.

Next steps

Upcoming planning activities include:

  • Geotechnical investigations
  • Review of environmental factors
  • Concept design.
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