Middle Falbrook Bridge - Bridges for the Bush

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the Middle Falbrook Bridge over Glennies Creek.

Aerial photo of the Middle Falbrook Bridge
Middle Falbrook Bridge

Updates and announcements

The NSW has provided $10.5 million to upgrade Middle Falbrook Bridge.

The rehabilitation work started on 20 February 2017 and is expected to be completed by late December 2017, weather permitting.

Project background

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.

Next steps

Rehabilitation work

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 worked closely with the Office of Environment and Heritage to ensure the proposed changes meet heritage requirements.

Proposed delivery and bridge closures

The rehabilitation work started on site on 20 February 2017 and is expected to be completed by the end of December 2017, weather permitting.

The bridge will need to be closed to traffic and pedestrians for around four weeks to carry out some of the work. Roads and Maritime will consult with the community in the coming months about timing for the bridge closure before finalising the closure schedule and detour arrangements.

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