Load Limits on Bridges in Tenterfield Shire

Updated:  9 November 2018 (11.59 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 to provide information on current and proposed bridge load limits will be held as follows:

Location

Date

Time

Tenterfield

RSL Annexe – Tenterfield Memorial Hall

Tuesday

4 December 2018

7.00 pm

Torrington

Community Hall

Friday

7 December 2018

6.30 pm

Urbenville

Community Hall

Monday

10 December 2018

7.00 pm

Liston

Community Hall

Wednesday

12 December 2018

7.00 pm (EDST)

Should you require additional information regarding these meetings, please contact Noelene Hyde of (02) 6736 6000.

 

CURRENT BRIDGE INFORMATION

Bridge No 67203 – Current load limit 10 t

Unnamed Creek – Paddys Flat Road (North)

Works:  Temporary bridge now in place.

Current:  Load limit and speed restriction has been removed.

 

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:  Replacement with culvert commenced.

To Commence:  4th Quarter 2018

 

Bridge No 75411 – Proposed Load Limit – 9 t GVM, maximum axle load of 5 t

Woodenbong Creek – White Swamp Road

Works:  Interim strengthening of the existing bridge to be carried out under traffic – expect delays

To Commence:  4th quarter 2018

Current: Speed limit signage in place.  No current load limit pending interim strengthening works and further assessment.

Completion:  2018

 

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

Kangaroo Creek – Paddys Flat Road (North)

Works:  Strengthen existing structure with additional girders

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

Detour:  Bruxner Highway to Clarence Way to Urbenville

To Commence: First quarter of 2019

 

Bridge No 73901 – Proposed Load Limit – 12 t GVM, maximum axle load of 6 t

Deepwater River – Torrington Road

Works:  Interim solution of temporary mid span girderproping and additional girder placement

Current: Load limit will be enacted after community meeting to be held on Friday, 7 December 2018 (6.30 pm) at the Torrington Community Hall.  In the meantime, speed limits are being put in place to minimise dynamic load impacts on the bridge.  In addition to signage, speed humps will be installed week commencing 12 November 2018.

Detour:  Emmaville Road and Tent Hill Road

To Commence:  4th quarter 2019

 

Bridge No 51871 – Proposed Load Limit – 7 t GVM, maximum axle load of 4 t

Hawkins Gully – Billirimba Road

Works:  Additional girders, tie structure together and plate the wheel paths.

Current: Load limit will be enacted after community meeting to be held on Tuesday, 4 December 2018 at the Tenterfield Memorial Hall (RSL Annexe) at 7.00 pm.  In the meantime, 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.

Detour:  Kochs Road 

To Commence:   4th quarter 2019

 

Bridge No 73903 – Proposed Load Limit – 12 t GVM, maximum axle load of 6 t

Kangaroo Creek – Torrington Road

Works:  Strengthening of abutment supports

Current: Load limit will be enacted after community meeting  to be held on Friday, 7 December 2018 (6.30 pm) at the Torrington Community Hall.  In the meantime, speed limits are being put in place to minimise dynamic load impacts on the bridge.  In addition to signage, speed humps will be installed week commencing 12 November 2018. 

Detour:  Emmaville Road and Tent Hill Road

To Commence:  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 – Proposed Load Limit – 13 t GVM, maximum axle load of 6 t

Deepwater River – Castlerag Road

Works:  Girder strengthening and abutment repairs

Current: Load limit will be enacted after community meeting to be held on Friday, 7 December 2018 (6.30 pm) at the Torrington Community Hall.  In the meantime, speed limits are being put in place to minimise dynamic load impacts on the bridge.

Detour:  New England Highway via Deepwater, Emmaville Road, Tent Hill Road to Torrington and Stannum

To Commence:  4th quarter 2020

 

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.

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 until new bridge - to be installed when funding available.

Current:   Load limit and speed restriction signage now in place.  In addition, speed humps will be installed week commencing 12 November 2018.

Detour:  via Wallangarra and Stanthorpe – New England Highway

To Commence: Unknown – awaiting Govt funding from Growing Local Economies grant application 2018

 

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

Boundary Creek – Beaury Creek Road

Works:  TBA

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

Detour:  Urbenville, Woodenbong via Woodenbong Forest

To Commence:  TBA

 

Bridge No 61111 – Load Limit – 10 t GVM

Emu Creek - Hootons Road

Works:  Nil.

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

To Commence: Unknown – awaiting Govt funding application outcome in 2018.

 

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

Cataract River – Black Swamp Road

Works:  TBA

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

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

To Commence:  TBA

 

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

 

Bridge Load Limit Implementation - June 2018