Restoring access - Northern bridges

Many communities were isolated after the summer bushfires damaged and destroyed timber bridges across the Eurobodalla.

Our initial priority was to restore access and it was all hands on deck to undertake temporary repairs and build side tracks where we could.

Major flooding events since the fires added to the challenges, damaging remaining bridges and washing away side tracks.

We then focused on permanent solutions and worked with Transport for NSW to determine appropriate rebuilding materials.

Bridges have been replaced with more resilient structures to help maintain permanent access. Many were rebuilt using the InQuik Bridging Systems. The semi-modular steel, aluminum and concrete bridging systems reduce project cost and complexity and are relatively quick to install.

Given the scale of the damage, we relied on financial assistance from the NSW and Federal  governments to get the job done. It's been a massive undertaking and we've almost finished.

Check out the progress so far.

Bradburys Bridge

Location: Araluen Road, Deua River Valley

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Parts of the abutment were washed away in the July and August 2020 flood

The work: Barriers and a reduced load limit helped keep the road open until work the bridge was replaced using the InQuik Bridging System in late 2020 and early 2021

McGregors Creek Bridge

Location: Araluen Road, Deua River Valley

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Some structural timbers burnt

The work: Steel supports were added as a temporary measure to keep the bridge open. The major landslides on Araluen Road impacted access to the site delaying plans to rebuild. In late 2021 a side track was created, the old bridge was demolished and replaced using the InQuik Bridging System. The new bridge was completed in 2022.

Kennys Creek Bridge

Location: Araluen Road, Deua River Valley

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: The deck and some structural timbers were burnt

The work: Our crew removed and replaced the burnt deck timbers to restore access until the bridge could be rebuilt. Major landslips on Araluen Road impacted access to the site delaying any further works. The bridge was replaced using the InQuik Bridging System during 2021-22. The new bridge was built alongside the old one so the road could remain open during construction.

Pigeon Gully Bridge

Location: Araluen Road, Merricumbene

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Completely destroyed

The work: A temporary side track was built and then the bridge was replaced with concrete box culverts in the first half of 2020

Old Bolaro Mountain Road Bridge

Location: Old Bolaro Road, Buckenbowra

Current status: Passable under traffic control

The damage: Completely destroyed

The plan: Replace in 2022

Old Mogo Zoo Bridge

Location: Old Tomakin Road, Mogo

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Completely destroyed

The work: A temporary crossing was built but washed away by flood waters. The bridge was then replaced with concrete box culverts in August and September 2020

Rosedale Footbridge

Location: Saltwater Creek, Rosedale

Current status: Permanent access restored

The damage: Many of the bridge timbers were burnt

The work: The bridge was rebuilt using timber structural components and steel decking and handrail in mid 2020

Other areas

More info

For more information about the bridge recovery project, please contact our Project Engineer for fire-damaged bridges, Lew Oldfield: