Tabulam Bridge - new bridge 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.

Tabulam Bridge

Updates and announcements

Notice of Proposal to Construct a Bridge across Navigable Waters

Before starting construction, we are required to formally give notice of the proposal to build a bridge over a navigable waterway. This notice is the last chance for members of the community to view the plans before work on the new bridge starts, with early work expected to commence in mid-2017.

View or download a map of the refined concept design (PDF, 5.5MB).

A plan of the proposed bridge is also available for inspection until Monday 3 July at 76 Victoria Street, Grafton NSW 2460 between 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Contractor engaged to build the new bridge

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 works are expected to start on site in mid 2017. Roads and Maritime will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses.

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 is now working through the process 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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