Restoring access - Eurobodalla Valley bridges

The Eurobodalla Valley was isolated after the 2019 New Year's Eve bushfires destroyed four timber bridges and damaged another four. Our teams were soon out on Eurobodalla Road and on to Cadgee and Nerrigundah assessing the damage and restoring access.

Three of the bridges simply required repairs to the timber decks to get vehicles crossing safely again. Others took a lot more work. Our crews worked quickly to create temporary side tracks around the destroyed bridges. We have now rebuilt all but one of the bridges with permanent, fire and flood resilient concrete structures. It's been a big job and we are nearly done.

Transport for NSW agreed to replace many of the bridges using more resilient InQuik Bridging Systems. The semi-modular steel and concrete bridging systems reduce project cost and complexity and are relatively quick to install.

Check out the progress so far.

Cheese Factory Bridge

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Some deck timbers burnt

The work: Our bridge crew removed and replaced the burnt timbers to enable safe passage. We then replaced the bridge using the InQuik Bridging System.

Reedy Creek Bridge

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Completely destroyed

The work: We created a side track until the bridge was replaced using the InQuik Bridging System.

Peach Tree Bridge

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Completely destroyed

The work: We created a side track to provide access until the bridge was replaced using the InQuik Bridging System

Murphys Bridge

Current status: Open to local residents under traffic control

The damage: The majority of the bridge was destroyed

The plan: HD Civil began construction of a more resilient concrete bridge in October 2021. Wet weather and continuing high river flows hindered progress. The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements is funding the new five span, 68m long bridge.

Sinclairs Bridge

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Partly destroyed

The work: We replaced the bridge using an InQuik Bridging System

Gulph Creek Bridge

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Most of the deck timbers were burnt

The work: We removed and replaced the kerb logs and deck timbers, then replaced the bridge using the InQuik Bridging System

Comans Bridge

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Completely destroyed

The work: We created a side track until the bridge was replaced with box culverts

Clarksons Bridge

Current status: Open

The damage: Some deck timbers and structural timbers were burnt

The work: Our engineers assessed the damage and the burnt deck timbers were replaced.

The plan: Monitor the bridge regularly until it is replaced using funding from The Fixing Bridges program.

Other areas

More info

For more information about restoring access, please contact our Project Engineer for fire-damaged bridges, Lew Oldfield: