Historic NSW bridge restored – Inside Construction

The Koreelah Creek Bridge, NSW, a pre-World War 2 concrete arch road bridge, has been restored with maintenance work now complete.

Technical experts were brought in to help conduct the repairs on the jointly funded project.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said restoration of the structure included scaffolding the entire bridge for access and repairing 91 concrete patches and 84 large cracks.

“We also removed graffiti, painted the entire structure with a clear anti-carbonation coating, repaired bridge deck joints as well as removed and replaced the deck bitumen spray seal,” Mr Farraway added.

Mr Farraway said the 91-year-old Koreelah Creek Bridge had recently undergone preservation work to ensure the longevity of the historic structure.

“Built in 1931, the Koreelah Creek Bridge has great historical significance to the region,” Mr Farraway said.

“Not only did John Bradfield, the man who later designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, design this iconic concrete structure, it is also the second oldest concrete arch bridge that is still in use in our state.

“The bridge is more than 68 metres long which is why it was important that we did what we could to preserve this bridge, so it can be enjoyed for another 91 years.”

The project is part of a $24 million program funded by the Australian and NSW governments to improve Mount Lindesay Road, with much of the road work being carried out by Tenterfield Shire Council.

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