Temporary bridge over Coldstream River opens

3 March 2020

Clarence Nationals MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Infrastructure Chris Gulaptis said the temporary bridge had the same 33-tonne load capacity and single-lane restrictions as the existing bridge.

"Built in 1908, the original Briner Bridge provides a vital link between Ulmarra and Tucabia, and areas further east," Mr Gulaptis said.

"The single lane temporary bridge, which is right beside the existing bridge, will be used until the Briner Bridge rebuild is finished.

"It is made of galvanised steel and has rectangular steel panels sprayed with bitumen which act as the decking.

"After the supports for the temporary bridge were complete, it took three days to bolt together and complete the new crossing.

"The rebuilt bridge will retain many of the heritage characteristics of the existing bridge and will serve the community for generations to come."

The temporary bridge will need to be closed on some weekends throughout the project to allow crane lifts to occur safely and the community will be informed in advance of these closures.

The existing bridge will be deconstructed and rebuilt with $15.9 million through the NSW Government’s Bridges for the Bush program and is expected to be completed later this year, weather permitting.

There will be minimal traffic disruption, but motorists are asked to take extra care on the new structure and to follow all directions.

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