Refurbished $15.9 Million Briner Bridge project to open to traffic

11 March 2021

Traffic will soon flow across the upgraded Briner Bridge with the $15.9 million project to widen the structure to two lanes and increase its load capacity nearing the finish line.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Briner Bridge, crossing the Upper Coldstream River linking Ulmarra and Tucabia, is a Dare type timber truss bridge, which has strong associations with the growth in the road network and boom in economic activity in the region during the early 1900s.

“We know this historic bridge is an important local structure, which is why the NSW Government, through our Bridges for the Bush program, invested in works that will ensure it remains fit for purpose for generations to come while preserving its heritage features like the Dare truss and timber decking,” Mr Toole said.

“The project will deliver more efficient and reliable journeys with the new bridge’s capacity increased from 33 tonnes to 42.5 tonnes and widening the bridge deck from 4.5m, to 5.4m between barriers to improve traffic flow on Coldstream Terrace.

“Projects like this show we’re working hard to build a safer, stronger regional NSW.”

Clarence Nationals MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Infrastructure Chris Gulaptis said that on top of benefiting local communities that rely on this bridge, the upgrade also helped sustain 20 full-time jobs and provided employment for 12 local suppliers while the work was carried out.

“Upgrading this 113-year-old structure has been a massive effort for the project team, replacing the Dare truss and the approach spans including new land-based piles that support its 113-metre length,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“The Transport for NSW project team is continuing work on site and one of the first jobs they’ll be doing will be to dismantle the temporary ‘bridge-in-a-box’, which the community has been using while this essential restoration work was under way.

“This temporary bridge structure will be removed before the crew carries out finishing work for Briner Bridge, including installing interpretive signage to describe the bridge’s history for locals and tourists.”

More information about the Briner Bridge project is available at nswroads.work/brinerbridge.

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