Bellingen Shire road network contains eighty eight (88) timber bridge structures providing access for freight, public and private transport. Many of the timber bridges represent a backlog in terms of overall structural condition and operational performance.
With joint funding assistance from the NSW Government through the Fixing Country Roads Program, the council has completed the Bellingen Shire Timber Bridge Capacity Assessment Project.
The project involved the inspection and collection of information for each timber bridge which was analysed to determine bridge condition, structural capacity and present recommended actions for repair or replacement options.
The completion of the project will assist Council to develop a strategy to prioritise the renewal and rehabilitation of timber bridge assets across the Shire.
Bellingen Shire Council’s Mayor Cr Dominic King acknowledged the funding assistance by the NSW Government.
“The Bellingen Shire Timber Bridge Capacity Assessment Project had a budget of $270,000 with 50 per cent grant funding support from the NSW Government,” Cr King said.
“This has enabled Council to compile detailed structural assessments of all its timber bridge structures. The information will now be used to assist in prioritising Council’s future bridge renewal and repair programs.”
To keep up to date with Council’s works and projects visit Council’s Weekly Works Schedule on the website and the ‘Create’ Community Engagement Hub at http://create.bellingen.nsw.gov.au.