The NSW Government invested $60 million in a Timber Bridge Partnership, to upgrade council managed timber bridges on Regional Roads, on a 50:50 cost sharing basis. The program began in 2006 and concluded in June 2011.
Under the partnership 172 replacement bridges have been provided across 57 council areas (by June 2011).
Many of these bridges have also been widened from one lane to two lanes and placed on improved road alignments, to remove dangerous curves on the old approaches.
Bridges provide essential links for rural and regional NSW and this program has helped to keep communities connected by providing safe and reliable access for the basic activities associated with getting freight to markets and children to school.
The Timber Bridge Partnership has provided a boost for rural economies, improved safety for road users and reduced future maintenance costs for councils.
View before and after photos in the photo gallery to the right of this page.
Timber bridge manual
The Timber Bridge Manual has been prepared to capture Roads and Maritime Services best practices in timber bridge rehabilitation and maintenance. It also consolidates Roads and Maritime Services timber bridge related policies into a single document. The manual outlines current field practices and integrates both design and field construction considerations.
The manual comprises eight sections, encompassing the maintenance and rehabilitation of all timber bridge types including trusses, beam/girder spans, stress laminated bridges, concrete overlays, timber-concrete composites and includes timber substructures.
In the event of any inconsistency between the manual and Roads and Maritime Services specifications, the latter shall take precedence. For clarification of any issues, please contact Roads and Maritime Services Senior Bridge Engineer, Rehabilitation Design within Roads and Maritime Services Bridge Engineering on 02 8837 0832 in the first instance.