Load Limits on Bridges in Tenterfield Shire

Updated: 5 July 2019 (10.49 am)

In June 2018 Council alerted residents that inspections of Council’s ageing timber bridges have indicated that the imposition of load limits will be required for some of these structures to ensure they do not fail before rectification works or total replacement can be carried out.

Council have now resolved to go ahead with the implementation of the bridge load limits.

The information below relates to the 16 bridges requiring load limits and 2 others that are currently under remedial works.

The information will be updated regularly to provide a real indication to road users of the current status of the various bridges.  You are encouraged to use this website link to obtain relevant information.

Please be reassured that Council is continuing to lobby both the State and Federal Governments for funding to assist with timber bridge repairs, however letters of advocacy to assist are welcome.

Also note the order of priority will change in 2019 after the balance of bridge inspection and reporting is completed and funding/budgets are reconsidered.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Community meetings have now been completed. Please see below a copy of the presentation that was provided at the Community Meetings.

Media Release - Council has Not Dropped the Ball on Bridges - 5 July 2019

Timber Bridges - Way forward for Tenterfield Council - Community Update

Media Release - Funding Announced for Tenterfield's Timber Bridges - 18 January 2019

The Hon Thomas George MP Media Release - $6.3 Million to Rebuild Priority Tenterfield Bridges - 18 February 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT BRIDGE INFORMATION

Bridge No 67203

Unnamed Creek – Paddys Flat Road (North)

Works:  Temporary bridge now in place.

Current:  Speed limit in place

 

Bridge No 67161 – Load Limit – 14 t GVM, maximum axle load of 6 t

Unnamed Creek – Paddys Flat Road South

Works:  Placement of temporary bridge has been suspended to allow further testing of the current structure.

Current: Load limit and speed restriction signage to remain until further assessment has been made.

Detour:  Old Bruxner Road to access the Bruxner Highway.

 

Bridge No 51544

Five Mile Creek – Beaury Creek Road

Works:  Complete.

 

Bridge No 75411

Woodenbong Creek – White Swamp Road

Works:  Bridge works commenced with side track in place.

Current: Speed limit signage in place.

Completion:  Anticipated end July 2019

 

Bridge No 67202 – Load Limit – 10 t GVM, maximum axle load of 5 t

Kangaroo Creek – Paddys Flat Road (North)

Works:  Grant funding approved for bridge replacement.  Interim works deferred. 

Current: Load limit and speed restriction signage now in place.

Detour:  Bruxner Highway to Clarence Way to Urbenville

To Commence: Tender process to commence 2019/2020 financial year.

 

Bridge No 73901 – No application of load limit for present

Deepwater River – Torrington Road

Works: Grant funding approved for bridge replacement (Federal Govt Bridges Renewal Program).  Interim works deferred.

Current: Speed limits are in place to minimise dynamic load impacts on the bridge.  In addition to signage, speed humps have now been installed.

To Commence: Tender process to commence 2019/2020 financial year.

 

Bridge No 51871

Hawkins Gully – Billirimba Road

Works:  Complete.

Current: Speed limits remain in place to minimise dynamic load impacts on the bridge.

 

Bridge No 73903 – No application of load limit for present

Kangaroo Creek – Torrington Road

Works:  Strengthening of abutment supports.

Current: Speed limits are being put in place to minimise dynamic load impacts on the bridge. In addition to signage, speed humps have now been installed.

To Commence:  Abutment works - 1st quarter 2020

 

Bridge No 51542 – Load Limit – 30 tonne

Beaury Creek – Beaury Creek Road

Works:  Strengthen with additional girders

Current: Load limit and speed restriction signage now in place.

To Commence:  2020

 

Bridge No 54511

Deepwater River – Castlerag Road

Works:  Complete

Current: Speed limits are in place to minimise dynamic load impacts on the bridge.

 

Bridge No 72111 – Load Limit – Single axle vehicles, max axle load of 8 t

Blacksmith’s Creek – Sunnyside Loop Road

Works:  Additional girders and continuous kerb boards

Current: Load limit and speed restriction signage now in force. In addition to signage, a speed hump has now been installed on the western side of the bridge.

Detour:  Bruxner Highway

To Commence:  4th quarter 2020

 

Bridge No 62218 – Load Limit – 10 t GVM, maximum axle load of 5 t

Boonoo Boonoo River – Mt Lindesay Road

Works:  Side track and temporary bridge to be installed as soon as possible prior to awarding of contract for new bridge replacement.   Funding for new bridge provided through State Govt Fixing Country Roads.

Current:  Load limit and speed restriction signage now in place.  In addition, speed humps have now been installed.

Detour:  via Wallangarra and Stanthorpe – New England Highway

To Commence: Anticipated works complete by end of July 2019

 

Bridge No 51543 – Load Limit – 11 t GVM, maximum axle load of 6 t

Boundary Creek – Beaury Creek Road

Works:  Strengthen girders through larger kerb support beams.

Current: Load limit and speed restriction signage now in place,.

Detour:  Urbenville, Woodenbong via Woodenbong Forest

To Commence:  3rd quarter 2019

 

Bridge No 61111

Emu Creek - Hootons Road

Works:  Temporary bypass in place.  Grant funding for new bridge replacement provided through State Govt Fixing Country Roads.

Current:  Speed restriction signage currently in place on detour.

To Commence: 2019/2020 financial year.

 

Bridge No 52201 – Load Limit – 10 t GVM, maximum axle load of 5 t

Cataract River – Black Swamp Road

Works:  Girder strengthening currently being undertaken.

Current: Load limit and speed restriction signage in force.

Detour: via Bruxner Highway or Mt Lindesay Road (school bus exempt)

To Commence:  2nd quarter 2019.

 

Bridge No 62431 – Load Limit – 16 t GVM, maximum axle load of 5 t

Washpool Creek – Leeches Gully Road

Works:  TBA

Current: Load limit and speed restriction signage now in force.

Detour:  Old Ballandean Road

To Commence:  Lowest priority and subject to Govt funding

 

Bridge No 61112 – Load Limit – 9 t GVM, maximum axle load of 5 t

Clarence River – Hootons Road

Works:  TBA

Current: Load limit and speed restriction signage now in force.

Detour: Bruxner Highway to Clarence Way to Urbenville

To Commence:  By 2023

 

Bridge No 64521 – Load Limit – 5 t GVM

McLeods Creek – McLeods Creek Road

Works:  Nil

Current:   Load limit and speed restriction signage currently in place.

To Commence: TBA – lowest priority and subject to Govt funding