Ageing Timbarra Road Bridge replaced – East Gippsland

Concrete bridge in bush.

The replacement of Timbarra Road Bridge number 1 has given certainty of access to people who live and work in the Buchan area.

The project was a priority for East Gippsland Shire Council as the bridge is on the area’s key access route.

The original bridge was ageing and had a load limit of 25 tonnes. Made of timber, the bridge was at risk of damage during floods and fires.

The new bridge, made of reinforced concrete and steel, has a design life of 100 years.

It will have lower maintenance costs and will be better able to maintain access following natural disasters.

The 51-metre, four-span bridge was completed in March. This was slightly behind schedule due to works being postponed during the bushfire response.

The $700,000 project was completed by East Gippsland contractor Jarvis Norwood Constructions. The Australian Government’s Bridge Renewal Programme contributed $350,000 with council funding the remainder.

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