Refurbished Briner Bridge opens to traffic
15 April 2021
Traffic is now flowing across the newly refurbished Briner Bridge, linking the communities of Ulmarra and Tucabia across the Upper Coldstream River.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the $15.9 million project to widen the structure to two lanes and increase its load capacity was funded by the NSW Government's Bridges for the Bush program.
"This new bridge will deliver more efficient and reliable journeys with the new bridge's capacity increased from 33 tonnes to 42.5 tonnes and a much wider bridge deck of 5.4m," Mr Toole said.
"On top of improving traffic flow on Coldstream Terrace, restoring the 113-year-old Briner Bridge helped sustain 20 full-time jobs and provided employment for 12 local suppliers while work was carried out.
"The NSW Government is committed to building a safer, stronger regional NSW by investing in projects that make a real difference to the everyday lives of locals."
Member for Clarence and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Infrastructure Chris Gulaptis said it was exciting that traffic could now flow on the bridge after heavy rain had delayed the milestone last month.
"The great thing was that during recent flooding, we allowed stock to be moved over the new bridge before the final road surface was completed. Now that’s done, the Ulmarra and Tucabia communities can rely on this bridge for years to come.
"The complex project involved building a temporary crossing across the Upper Coldstream River to ensure traffic continued to flow while the team replaced the bridge’s Dare truss and the approach spans, including new land based piles."
Mr Gulaptis said the NSW Government had recently announced more than $32.2 million for Clarence Valley Council from its $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program, which will fund the replacement of 35 ageing timber bridges across the region.
More information about the Briner Bridge project is available at the Briner Bridge upgrade project page.