Tharwa Bridge re-opens again

johnboy 24 June 2011 19

Simon Corbell at tharwa bridge

Simon Corbell has re-opened Tharwa Bridge [Est 1895]:

“This is a significant milestone for the restoration project of this historic bridge, and I am pleased that traffic will now be able to use the main connection between Tuggeranong and the Tharwa community,” Mr Corbell said.

“Stage three works has been underway for the last two years and has involved removal of the old bridge deck and barrier railings as well as installation of new cross girders and sway braces to the permanent trusses.

“In May, the new 108 metre long and 100 tonne timber deck was installed and has now been tied into the rest of the bridge structure. This work required the bridge to be closed to traffic for 14 weeks since mid-March 2011.”

A total of $26 million has been allocated to the project with $14.7 million provided by the ACT Government and $11.3 million provided by the Federal Government through the Roads to Recovery program. The work has been undertaken by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority who are highly experienced in the conservation and maintenance of old timber bridges.


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Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:29 am 26 Jun 11

Ian said :

I’d be fascinated to know how the cost got anywhere near $26m.

Well considering it took them two goes to get it right, $26 million seems quite a bargin actually.

At least it didn’t collapse when they were halfway through rebuilding it!

Paul0075 Paul0075 1:41 am 26 Jun 11

For those interested in some history on the bridge, as noted it opened in 1895, but the guys who operate the Canberra’s Engineering Heritage web site say that a bridge opening ceremony took place on 27 March, 1895, a day which was declared a public holiday. More info at: http://www.engineer.org.au/chapter01.html

KB1971 KB1971 9:22 am 25 Jun 11

I really should not post while surfing on my iPod, quality checks on my posts can be difficult ………….

KB1971 KB1971 7:37 am 25 Jun 11

Dave F said :

I think they should have knocked it down a long time ago and replaced it with a bridge made out of concrete and steel. It may be the only bridge of its kind in the country but personally, I think it is no thing of beauty anyway.

So you can’t see the historical significance of rebuilding the bridge? All too often these days these sorts of things are just destroyed and we lose them.

Peronally I love Tharwa, the general store, Cuppacumbalong & the historic feel that Tharwa has. No where less in the ACT is the same (Hall bass be developed somewhat).

The bridge suits the area & I am glad they rebuilt it in it’s original design albiet with modern improvements.

2604 2604 11:51 pm 24 Jun 11

Ian said :

I’d be fascinated to know how the cost got anywhere near $26m.

Probably due to the fact that we pay such high rates, and because our fees for rego, drivers’ licences etc are among the highest in Australia.

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 9:44 pm 24 Jun 11

Chop71 said :

They just said on radio that it could have built a new bridge for $8 Mil or replace the old one for $26 Mil.

That’s an extra $18 Million well spent.

At least it’s money that didn’t get spent on giant phallic-looking owl statues and other pieces of art, I suppose.

Ian Ian 9:38 pm 24 Jun 11

I’d be fascinated to know how the cost got anywhere near $26m.

Dave F Dave F 7:53 pm 24 Jun 11

I think they should have knocked it down a long time ago and replaced it with a bridge made out of concrete and steel. It may be the only bridge of its kind in the country but personally, I think it is no thing of beauty anyway.

KB1971 KB1971 6:50 pm 24 Jun 11

Chop71 said :

They just said on radio that it could have built a new bridge for $8 Mil or replace the old one for $26 Mil.

That’s an extra $18 Million well spent.

Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

I doubt a bridge that has a span of over 100m that is 20 odd m off the river bank could be built for 8 million. I bet the bridges that are going onto the Monaro Highway will be more than that & half the infrastructure is already there for them.

Chop71 Chop71 4:19 pm 24 Jun 11

They just said on radio that it could have built a new bridge for $8 Mil or replace the old one for $26 Mil.

That’s an extra $18 Million well spent.

dvaey dvaey 4:17 pm 24 Jun 11

KB1971 said :

Its not open until 3:30. We took a drive down there & the barriers are still across the road at Lanyon.

I took a drive down at 3:30 and the road was open. Photos and video to come.

braddonboy braddonboy 3:23 pm 24 Jun 11

Goodo! That’s a 10km saving on a return trip to the Namadgi NP.

PM PM 3:05 pm 24 Jun 11

KB1971 said :

Its not open until 3:30. We took a drive down there & the barriers are still across the road at Lanyon.

Oh, right… so the photographer obviously had plans during the afternoon….

KB1971 KB1971 1:41 pm 24 Jun 11

Its not open until 3:30. We took a drive down there & the barriers are still across the road at Lanyon.

aceofspades aceofspades 1:37 pm 24 Jun 11

KaptnKaos said :

PM said :

So why is Corbell and some functionary wearing high-viz when some bloke holding a child on the actual road isn’t?

So the 4WD’s and trucks know who to run down.

Good, and it looks like one is coming now.

futto futto 1:33 pm 24 Jun 11

Awesome. Might go for a bike ride on the weekend and check it out!

KaptnKaos KaptnKaos 1:30 pm 24 Jun 11

PM said :

So why is Corbell and some functionary wearing high-viz when some bloke holding a child on the actual road isn’t?

So the 4WD’s and trucks know who to run down.

pptvb pptvb 1:13 pm 24 Jun 11

PM said :

So why is Corbell and some functionary wearing high-viz when some bloke holding a child on the actual road isn’t?

Why do some black spiders have red stripes on their backs?

PM PM 1:08 pm 24 Jun 11

So why is Corbell and some functionary wearing high-viz when some bloke holding a child on the actual road isn’t?

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