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Clarence Valley Council has received funding from the Australian Government to replace two timber bridges over Middle Creek. The bridges on Kungala and Sherwood Creek roads are over 80 years old and are being upgraded to concrete structures.
Council Manager of Civil Services Alex Dalrymple said, “We’re getting two new concrete bridges for the community paid for by the Federal Government which is fantastic outcome, unfortunately, there will be road closures and diversions in place while the works take place.”
Work on both structures is due to start in June. With the Kungala Road Bridge estimated to re- open in October, whilst the Sherwood Creek Road Bridge will re-open in February 2021.
“We looked into installing temporary structures to allow the roads to remain open, however due to the nature of both sites, this was not possible.”
“Minimising the road closure duration is a priority. In the case of the Kungala Road upgrade we are using a new type of pre-assembled bridge which means a much faster upgrade. This was not possible for the Sherwood Creek Upgrade due to the longer deck span required at this site. This project is difficult because the bridge deck is very high above the usual water level and deep excavation is required to build the foundations and supports,” he said.
Both new structures will cost less to maintain, be safer and bushfire resilient. We understand that road closures will inconvenience the local community while the works are taking place. However, both projects will bring long-term benefits to residents and Clarence Valley rate payers.
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More information on each project on our website:
The bridge replacement will be funded by two Australian Government programs; Roads to Recovery Program and Bridges Renewal Program Round 4
11 May 2020