Strengthening Coolumbooka River Bridge

26 November 2019

Repair work and reinforcement of the iconic Coolumbooka River Bridge at Bombala will continue this month, to protect and maintain the structure for future generations.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the essential work will involve installing steel supports to strengthen the bridge.

“The next round of repairs on this 127 year old bridge will begin later this month to ensure the bridge provides connections for the local community well into the future,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Recent investigations showed signs of deterioration on underwater sections and the bridge trusses, which is why this maintenance work is essential to retain the structural integrity of the historically significant structure.”

Mr Barilaro said the single lane, six-span bridge was completed in 1892 and is one of only seven remaining McDonald timber truss road bridges in NSW and has a load limit of 42.5 tonnes.

“Even 127 years later, this bridge plays an important part in connecting residents and the farming community at Bombala to the coast,” Mr Barilaro said.

Repair work will be carried out from Monday 25 November to Friday 13 December between 9am and 3pm, weather permitting.

This work will require a full closure of Coolumbooka River Bridge during work times. Motorists should use the Monaro Highway and Black Lake Road.

No work will be carried out on weekends or Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 December.

Work will resume in early 2020 and involves installing an additional bridge support system and replacing of some parts of the timber truss which have deteriorated.

Motorists are advised to allow an additional 35 minutes travel time and follow the directions of detour signs and traffic control.

Mr Barilaro thanks motorists for their patience during this important work and will continue to update the community on the repairs to Coolumbooka River Bridge.

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