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Feds give $2m for new flood-proof Byrrill Creek bridge

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Byrryll Creek bridge south of Uki has been reopened to traffic, after council salvaged much its frame for a temporary repair. Photo Tweed Shire Council
Byrryll Creek bridge south of Uki was reopened to traffic after the March floods which washed it away, but council salvaged much its frame for temporary repair. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council has welcomed more than $2 million in federal funding to help build a new bridge across Byrrill Creek  to replace one damaged in the march flood.

The new bridge will replace a temporary one-lane timber bridge washed away by this year’s big flood which council staff managed to salvage in part and rebuild.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne welcomed the news saying council had wanted to replace the timber bridge for many years, and now with the federal funding contributing half the cost of $4.35 million, ‘we can get on with providing this upgraded link for the community.’

The announcement was made yesterday by Nationals’ Senator John Williams and involved funding from the Australian government’s Bridges Renewal Program.

The timber bridge fording Byrrill Creek at Terragon was washed away in the 30 March floods. Not only did the bridge lose its deck, but parts of the abutments also went downstream.

Within weeks, council purchased additional bridge girders and recovered sufficient quantities of the washed-away bridge to build a temporary one-lane structure to restore access for the residents of Byrrill Creek and Cedar Creek roads.

‘Council then applied for funding under Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Program, knowing the temporary bridge also would be prone to flooding and a more permanent solution was needed for the residents who use this bridge every day,’ Cr Milne said.

The new concrete bridge will be two metres higher and will be designed to allow floods to go over the deck without damaging the structure.

It will be built downstream of the existing timber bridge and construction will start around 2019.

The bridge will be 40-metres long, have an 8.2-metre-wide deck (two standard-width traffic lanes plus shoulders) and traffic barriers on either side.

The alignment of both approaches to the bridge will be improved.

Council’s roads and stormwater manager Danny Rose said that ‘initially we considered different locations and alignments for the new bridge to assist with flood protection and traffic at the intersection of Kyogle Road and Byrrill Creek Road, however those options would have added several million dollars to the cost’.

‘While the approaches to the new bridge will be improved, the existing intersection will be retained and we will need to look at other ways to improve traffic safety at this intersection,’ Mr Rose said.



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