LONG FUTURE: Cameron Archer on Dunmore Bridge, which is getting a multi-million dollar upgrade. A multi-million dollar project to upgrade one of the state’s most historic bridges is on track to be completed and opened to traffic in late October.
The NSW government is funding the upgrade to the structural capacity of Dunmore Bridge to reduce further maintenance costs.
Work on the bridge is progressing well with prefabrication of two of the three timber trusses almost complete. It is expected all three will be finished by the end of the month.
More than $3 million has been allocated for the work, which started last year.
Built in 1899, Dunmore Bridge is an example of an Allan Truss road bridge and is one of only three remaining in the state.
“These bridges are really important because of their influence on the landscape and how we see the river within the landscape. They are also a link between the horse and buddy days and modern transport,” historian and principal of Tocal Agricultural College Cameron Archer said.
“This bridge was built before the motor car was even invented, so it’s a credit to those who designed the bridge and it’s also a credit that Roads and Maritime Services saw fit to conserve and rebuild it and make it last another 100 years.”
Dunmore Bridge will be closed in September and reopened to traffic in late October.
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