Repairs to Korn Crossing Bridge complete

8 July 2020

Repairs are now complete and the load limit removed for the 104-year-old Korns Crossing Bridge on Numinbah Road at Crystal Creek.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said defects were found in November last year during a routine inspection to some of the structural elements of the bridge, located about eight kilometres west of Murwillumbah.

“A 15-tonne load limit was immediately applied as a temporary control measure, requiring heavy vehicles to use an alternative route which added up to 20 minutes travelling time,” Mr Provest said.

“Short-term repairs were carried out immediately, and the load limit was lifted to 27 tonnes, while repair material was sourced and manufactured in Newcastle.”

The bridge needed to be closed to all traffic for one week in early May to allow for the installation of two 30m x 1.6m steel beams, each weighing about 16.5 tonnes, and other support structures.

The load limit was removed when the bridge re-opened, reinstating the previous road conditions and Transport for NSW has now completed the clean up and all work on the site.

In line with the NSW Timber Truss Strategy, Korns Crossing Bridge is to be removed and replaced with a new structure when funding becomes available. Until then, the existing bridge is being maintained to ensure its ongoing safety.

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