Historic Elderslie Bridge Works

Filed under Heritage & Historical, Infrastructure, News ~ by Press on  21 Jan 2019

Changed traffic conditions on Elderslie Bridge, Elderslie from Monday 28 January.

Pictured ~ Elderslie Bridge circa 1892

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is doing maintenance on the bridge.

The work includes repairing steel elements and painting the bridge. Site compounds will also be built on the northern and southern side of the bridge and scaffolding will be constructed around the bridge.  

The RMS will be working between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays and expect to complete the work in six months, weather permitting.  

The work will involve the use of machinery which generates some noise. Every effort will be made to minimise noise by turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use.

Temporary traffic changes include safety barriers to restrict lane width on the bridge to 3.2 metres. Traffic control and a reduced speed limit of 40km/h will be in place and motorists may experience delays of up to 15 minutes.

Historic Interest

The Elderslie Bridge over the Hunter River is about 7 km from Branxton.

It replaced a low-level bridge washed away in 1887.

Construction is of continuous lattice girder comprising three spans of 43, 55, and 43 metres, with approach spans of approximately 10 metres each. The bridge sits upon concrete-filled iron cyclinder piers, about 20 metres above average water level. The roadway at time of construction was 18 feet (5.5 metres) kerb to kerb.

Made from imported iron, the superstructure used 290 tons (imperial, approx = tonne) and the piers 170 tons.

Inflation adjusted, the total cost of the bridge approximated A$5 million (or, in original currency, £19,000, so today, £2.5 million).



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