Should McFarlane bridge be replaced?
THE MCFARLANE bridge has undergone further maintenance for the tenth time since 2012.
According to Roads and Maritime Services, the latest works involve "tightening of bolts holding the bridge deck [as] tightening deck bolts reduces bridge noise and wear."
With 10 individual maintenance works in nine years, is it time for it to be replaced?
While other historic structures like Sportsmans Creek bridge at Lawrence and the old bridge at Tabulam, both deemed too costly to maintain, met their end after being replaced, the 110-year-old 17 span timber beam bridge connecting Maclean and Woodford Island has not been earmarked for replacement according to RMS.
"The existing bascule span bridge is considered state significant noting this is one of two in the state, with no plans for replacement," the RMS spokeswoman said.
"The bridge caters for local traffic with existing controls in place to manage the movement of residents and visitors across this part of the Clarence River.
"Any future maintenance works on this historic bridge will be undertaken in consultation with the community, and seek to minimise disruption as much as possible."
- September 2020: Tightening of bolts on the bridge decking
- August 2019: Major restoration work completed
- May 2018: Second closure this month for pier strengthening work
- September 2017: Strengthening and repainting piers and installing corrosion and scour protection.
- July 2016: Works to repair and strengthen the wrought iron tower and lift span truss.
- March 2016: Bridge tower reinstalled among other road safety improvements.
- November 2015: Historic bridge tower temporarily removed for restoration work.
- August 2015: Works to improve the bridge piers, movable span and metal tower.