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Bellingen Shire Council Timber Bridge Load Limits

Example of bridge elements that don't meet safe standards, therefore until suitable rehabilitation and replacement of sub-standard materials are carried out, the bridge will be load limited to prolong the life of the existing structure, while enabling reasonable usage and ensuring access for most residents and the general public.

Bellingen Shire Council seeks to ensure the public's safety by providing a system of safe well maintained local roads and bridges.

Bridges that have recently been repaired, or are currently undergoing repairs, include:

  • Cooks Creek Bridge - Kalang Road, Kalang,
  • McFaydens Bridge - Gordonville Road Gleniffer,
  • Reids Creek Bridge - Kalang Road, Kalang,
  • Diehappy Bridge - Darkwood Road, Thora,
  • Knights Bridge - Kalang Road, Kalang.

Following the completion of the Timber Bridge Assessment Project, Council now has detailed reports on the condition and structural capacity of all timber bridges across the Shire. Upon review of these reports, it is essential that Council undertake an urgent risk minimisation approach that will include both repairs and the application of load limits.

Twenty two of the eighty five timber bridges will require load limits, and two will remain permanently closed.

Of these, four bridges have been identified for priority repair in order to maintain freight transport and continuity of school bus routes.

These four bridges that will be repaired first include:

  • Kalang River Bridge - Bowraville Road, Brierfield,
  • Feeneys Bridge - Coramba Road, Megan,
  • Coopernook Bridge - Coramba Road, Megan,
  • Deep Creek Bridge - Coramba Road.

(Note - until identified essential works are completed on these four bridges, they will be load limited.)

The majority of the remaining seventeen bridges will have a lower impact on transportation activities, but still may impact some freight tasks depending on the heavy vehicle size and configuration.

For the most up-to-date information on Timber bridge status in the Bellingen Shire refer to Council's online map

The twenty four bridges that are scheduled to be load limited and/or closed are:


Bridge Name
Road Name
Locality

Load Limit (Tonnes)

Speed Limit

Rigid

Articulated

1

Adams Bridge
Slingsbys Road
MEGAN

13

25

N/A

2

Breakwells Bridge
Breakwells Road
MEGAN

12

22

N/A

3

Cahills Bridge
Nobles Lane
BELLINGEN

16

30

N/A

4

Coopernook Creek Bridge
Coramba Road
MEGAN

13

24

N/A

5

Crossmaglen Bridge
Crossmaglen Road
VALERY

16

31

N/A

6

Feeneys Bridge
Coramba Road
MEGAN

4 t. Gross

4 t. Gross

N/A

7

Johnsens Bridge
Johnsens Road
FERNBROOK

6 t. Gross

6 t. Gross

N/A

8

Justins Bridge
Darkwood Road
DARKWOOD

11

21

N/A

9

Kalang River Bridge
Bowraville Road
BRIERFIELD

14.5

19

10 km/h

10

Little Hydes Creek No. 2 Bridge
Little Hydes Creek Road
VALERY

Closed

Closed


11

Little Murray Bridge
Deer Vale Road
FERNBROOK

16

31

N/A

12

McKenzies Creek Bridge
Harness Cask Road
BOSTOBRICK

10

17

N/A

13

Milnes Bridge
Rodgers Road East
MEGAN

Closed

Closed

N/A

14

Pickett Hill No. 2 Bridge
Martells Road
URUNGA

16

30

N/A

15

Pine Creek No. 2 Bridge
Valery Road
VALERY

14

26

N/A

16

Plains Bridge
Darkwood Road
DARKWOOD

8

15

N/A

17

Richardsons Bridge
Darkwood Road
DARKWOOD

16

31

N/A

18

Rodgers Bridge
Rodgers Road West
MEGAN

5 t. Gross

5 t. Gross


19

Roses Bridge
Roses Road
BELLINGEN

18

34

N/A

20

Savins Bridge
Martells Road
BRIERFIELD

15

29

N/A

21

Smiths Bridge
Smiths Lane
DORRIGO

5 t. Gross

5 t. Gross

N/A

22

Tallowood Point Bridge
Promised Land Road
GLENIFFER

3 t. Gross

3 t. Gross

N/A

23

Whisky Creek Bridge
Whisky Creek Road
BIELSDOWN HILLS

12

23

N/A

24
McFadyens Bridge
Gordonville Road
GLENIFFER
15
15
N/A











Bellingen Shire Council seeks to ensure the public's safety by providing a system of safe well maintained local roads and bridges.

Bridges that have recently been repaired, or are currently undergoing repairs, include:

  • Cooks Creek Bridge - Kalang Road, Kalang,
  • McFaydens Bridge - Gordonville Road Gleniffer,
  • Reids Creek Bridge - Kalang Road, Kalang,
  • Diehappy Bridge - Darkwood Road, Thora,
  • Knights Bridge - Kalang Road, Kalang.

Following the completion of the Timber Bridge Assessment Project, Council now has detailed reports on the condition and structural capacity of all timber bridges across the Shire. Upon review of these reports, it is essential that Council undertake an urgent risk minimisation approach that will include both repairs and the application of load limits.

Twenty two of the eighty five timber bridges will require load limits, and two will remain permanently closed.

Of these, four bridges have been identified for priority repair in order to maintain freight transport and continuity of school bus routes.

These four bridges that will be repaired first include:

  • Kalang River Bridge - Bowraville Road, Brierfield,
  • Feeneys Bridge - Coramba Road, Megan,
  • Coopernook Bridge - Coramba Road, Megan,
  • Deep Creek Bridge - Coramba Road.

(Note - until identified essential works are completed on these four bridges, they will be load limited.)

The majority of the remaining seventeen bridges will have a lower impact on transportation activities, but still may impact some freight tasks depending on the heavy vehicle size and configuration.

For the most up-to-date information on Timber bridge status in the Bellingen Shire refer to Council's online map

The twenty four bridges that are scheduled to be load limited and/or closed are:


Bridge Name
Road Name
Locality

Load Limit (Tonnes)

Speed Limit

Rigid

Articulated

1

Adams Bridge
Slingsbys Road
MEGAN

13

25

N/A

2

Breakwells Bridge
Breakwells Road
MEGAN

12

22

N/A

3

Cahills Bridge
Nobles Lane
BELLINGEN

16

30

N/A

4

Coopernook Creek Bridge
Coramba Road
MEGAN

13

24

N/A

5

Crossmaglen Bridge
Crossmaglen Road
VALERY

16

31

N/A

6

Feeneys Bridge
Coramba Road
MEGAN

4 t. Gross

4 t. Gross

N/A

7

Johnsens Bridge
Johnsens Road
FERNBROOK

6 t. Gross

6 t. Gross

N/A

8

Justins Bridge
Darkwood Road
DARKWOOD

11

21

N/A

9

Kalang River Bridge
Bowraville Road
BRIERFIELD

14.5

19

10 km/h

10

Little Hydes Creek No. 2 Bridge
Little Hydes Creek Road
VALERY

Closed

Closed


11

Little Murray Bridge
Deer Vale Road
FERNBROOK

16

31

N/A

12

McKenzies Creek Bridge
Harness Cask Road
BOSTOBRICK

10

17

N/A

13

Milnes Bridge
Rodgers Road East
MEGAN

Closed

Closed

N/A

14

Pickett Hill No. 2 Bridge
Martells Road
URUNGA

16

30

N/A

15

Pine Creek No. 2 Bridge
Valery Road
VALERY

14

26

N/A

16

Plains Bridge
Darkwood Road
DARKWOOD

8

15

N/A

17

Richardsons Bridge
Darkwood Road
DARKWOOD

16

31

N/A

18

Rodgers Bridge
Rodgers Road West
MEGAN

5 t. Gross

5 t. Gross


19

Roses Bridge
Roses Road
BELLINGEN

18

34

N/A

20

Savins Bridge
Martells Road
BRIERFIELD

15

29

N/A

21

Smiths Bridge
Smiths Lane
DORRIGO

5 t. Gross

5 t. Gross

N/A

22

Tallowood Point Bridge
Promised Land Road
GLENIFFER

3 t. Gross

3 t. Gross

N/A

23

Whisky Creek Bridge
Whisky Creek Road
BIELSDOWN HILLS

12

23

N/A

24
McFadyens Bridge
Gordonville Road
GLENIFFER
15
15
N/A












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