DANGER: This is the bolt protruding from Briner bridge that shredded Cyril Jones' tyre.
DANGER: This is the bolt protruding from Briner bridge that shredded Cyril Jones' tyre. Contributed

Cyril brought to halt by bolt

CYRIL Jones could hardly believe what he saw when he went and inspected the ground after a tyre blew on his yellow VW Beetle.

Sticking out from a wooden plank on the Briner bridge in Tucabia was a large metal bolt that shredded his tyre.

Mr Jones said he was driving to Tucabia, and he hit the bolt as he was driving over the bridge.

“I’ve been telling the council for years they’ve got to counter-sink the bolts in the bridge,” he said.

Mr Jones said the bolt could have caused some serious damage.

“This is really dangerous. If someone hit this and it blew a tyre and they lost control, it could kill someone,” he said.

“It’s not like it’s a little bolt or anything, it’s a pretty bloody big one.” Mr Jones said the bolt still had rubber on it from when he hit it.

The Roads and Maritime Service manages 48 of NSW’s 63 remaining timber truss bridges, which includes Briner bridge.

The single span dare-style wooden truss bridge was built in 1908, and was partially upgraded in 2000.

The current strategy from RMS regarding Briner bridge is for it to be retained, to reflect the history and diversity of timber truss style bridges.

Timber truss bridges were built extensively across NSW from 1860 to 1936. Five different truss styles were developed over this period, and 407 bridges were originally constructed.

Most have now been replaced with new bridges, to meet the demands of modern requirements.

The RMS said managing the remaining timber truss bridges was a significant challenge, with issues including their load carrying capacity, narrow bridge width, poor access and frequent and very expensive ongoing maintenance needs.



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