Middle Falbrook Bridge - Bridges for the Bush
Roads and Maritime Services is planning for the upgrade of the Middle Falbrook Bridge over Glennies Creek.
The Middle Falbrook Bridge, also known as Glennies Creek Bridge is an old timber truss bridge built in 1904. The bridge is one of 26 bridges identified for conservation 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.
Given its heritage significance, location on the road network and usage the Middle Falbrook Bridge was identified for rehabilitation to meet current vehicle load standards while preserving its heritage features.
The NSW Government is funding the Middle Falbrook Bridge upgrade as part of its $145 million Bridges for the Bush commitment to improve road freight productivity in regional NSW and reduce timber bridge maintenance costs by replacing or upgrading bridges.
The work will involve replacing and strengthening all bridge components above the piers including the timber trusses, deck, traffic barriers and approach spans. The road approaches will also be upgraded as part of the work. This will ensure the bridge meets current load standards and is capable of carrying a 42.5 tonne semi-trailer or equivalent without significantly affecting the appearance of the bridge.
Roads and Maritime has been working closely with the Office of Environment and Heritage to ensure the proposed changes meet heritage requirements. More information about the proposed rehabilitation work is available in the February 2015 Community Update.
Proposed delivery and bridge closures
Roads and Maritime expects the bridge rehabilitation and associated road work to take around two years to complete, weather permitting.
The bridge will need to be closed to traffic and pedestrians for around four weeks to carry out some of the work. The closure is proposed for late 2015 and detours would be in place via Glennies Creek Road and the New England Highway. No final decisions have been made on the timing of the bridge closure. Details of the proposed delivery schedule are available in the February 2015 Community Update (PDF,218Kb).
The rehabilitation work is expected to start onsite by mid 2015. The community and stakeholders will be notified prior to work starting.
Roads and Maritime will consult with the community and stakeholders on the proposed bridge closure later this year.
Roads and Maritime will continue to consult with the community and stakeholders as planning progresses to understand and consider issues concerning work impacts and the proposed bridge closure. More information is expected to be available for community consultation in mid 2015.