Tabulam Bridge - new bridge project

The NSW Government is funding the $48 million new Bruxner Highway bridge over the Clarence River at Tabulam. The new Tabulam Bridge is being built as part of the Bridges for the Bush program, a NSW Government initiative to improve freight productivity and reduce maintenance costs by replacing or upgrading timber bridges.

Tabulam Bridge

Updates and announcements

Delaney Civil Pty Ltd has been engaged to build the new bridge in addition to carrying out road works to realign the approaches along the bridge with the Bruxner Highway.

Early work activities are progressing, with a focus on setting up environmental controls, clearing vegetation, and preparing access tracks.

Much of the current work, such as boundary fencing and relocating powerlines and Telstra, will continue over the next three months. There will be some notable new activities however, like forming a rock platform in the river. To find out more view or download the community notification (PDF, 130Kb)

Work hours

Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday.

Nearby residents will be advised of any construction work outside normal working hours as soon as possible.

The project

The existing Bruxner Highway Bridge over the Clarence River at Tabulam is a State heritage listed structure and has an overall length of about 300 metres, comprising 13 timber approach spans and five composite timber/steel de Burgh truss central spans. The overall width between kerbs is 4.6 metres, accommodating only single lane traffic. The main spans are supported by concrete piers located in the river, whilst the approaches are supported by timber trestles.

Extensive maintenance work has been conducted over recent years to ensure the bridge remains safe for legally loaded vehicles. However, the bridge presents significant transport limitations both now and into the future and also requires a disproportionate share of the NSW Government’s bridge maintenance funding.

Delisting the existing bridge

Due to the significant maintenance costs of the existing Tabulam Bridge, the structure must be removed once the new bridge is built. In early 2016, Roads and Maritime submitted an application to the Heritage Council to remove the existing Tabulam Bridge from the State Heritage Register.

The Heritage Council carried out a formal consultation process and the Minister for Heritage approved the application for delisting.

The Heritage Council has determined to remove the bridge from the Heritage Register.

Roads and Maritime is continuing to look at ways to remember the existing bridge and maintain the link between the bridge and the heritage values of Tabulam. To commemorate the timber bridge, replica trusses of the old bridge will be included on the new bridge (refer to the August 2016 Project Update to view the artist’s impression of the trusses).

Bridges for the Bush

In October 2012 the NSW Government committed to improving road freight productivity by replacing or upgrading bridges over the next five years at 17 key locations in regional NSW.

As part of the Heritage Timber Truss Bridges program, six heritage timber truss bridges including Tabulam bridge, are to be replaced to provide ongoing safe service levels. Now that Roads and Maritime has a timber bridge strategy for conservation, Tabulam Bridge has been identified to be demolished and replaced with a new structure.

See Bridges for the Bush for more information.

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