McFadyens Bridge on Gordonville Road Gleniffer was one of the bridges identified through the Timber Bridge Assessment Program as needing structural repairs.
Although temporary repairs were undertaken to accommodate school bus operations, the bridge sustained further structural damage in the 2015 flood event.
Funding was subsequently sourced to completely replace the structure and following a tender process Council engaged external contractors to deliver a new steel and concrete bridge. The time taken from tender to delivery was twelve months.
The first official resident to cross the bridge was Bellingen High School Science Teacher, Cheryl Hook and her trusty travelling companion ‘Max the dog’.
Council’s Deputy General Manager Operations, Matt Fanning said, “This is great news for residents and motorists to have a brand new bridge with no load restrictions completed before the Christmas holiday period”.
“All load limit signage in the area has been removed and new bridge approaches installed. Demolition works of the old structure will be completed over the coming weeks,” added Mr Fanning.
Further information regarding Council’s Timber Bridge Program is available on the Create Community Engagement Hub at https://create.bellingen.nsw.gov.au.