Briner Bridge restoration
The NSW Government is funding plans for a major restoration of the Briner Bridge, near the village of Tucabia.
Briner Bridge, which was built in 1908, is a Dare truss bridge located between the villages of Ulmarra and Tucabia on Coldstream Terrace. The single span bridge crosses the Upper Coldstream River and is one of six operable Dare truss bridges and one of two single-span Dare truss bridges in NSW.
In 2011, following significant stakeholder and community consultation, Roads and Maritime Services finalised a strategy for the sustainable conservation of heritage timber truss bridges. It was proposed 26 of those timber truss bridges would be retained, including Briner Bridge.
Read more about the timber truss strategy and Briner Bridge.
Restoring the bridge
To improve the bridge’s longevity and reduce future maintenance costs, Roads and Maritime is developing plans to upgrade the bridge.
The proposal to upgrade the bridge includes:
- Improving the structural capacity of the bridge
- Replacing the bridge deck with an approved heritage arrangement to allow two lanes of traffic close to the truss as possible
- Restoring the bridge for elevation to the State Heritage Register.
Work to upgrade the bridge is expected to start in mid-2017 and will take about a year to complete, weather permitting.
Temporary bridge closure
While we are proposing to deliver the project in stages to minimise the disruption to traffic and nearby communities, there will still be significant impacts during construction.
At this stage we are proposing to close the bridge for up to four months from late 2017, weather permitting, to allow for the new superstructure to be built.
Under this proposal, traffic travelling between Tucabia and Ulmarra would be required to use Tucabia-Tyndale Road, while traffic travelling between Tucabia and Grafton would use Wooli Road and Eight Mile Lane.
A map highlighting these detours is included in the latest project update.
Of all the options considered for building the bridge, the closure was considered the most effective from a safety and efficiency perspective.
While we acknowledge closing the bridge for up to four months would be an inconvenience, it would ensure the work could be carried out significantly faster and reduce the risk to workers and motorists.