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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Work set to remove old Barrington Bridge

The old Barrington Bridge provided the community with a safe crossing of the Barrington River for more than 100 years and its service is about to be saluted with a page in the history books.

The NSW Government funded a new $17 million Barrington Bridge, which was completed ahead of schedule and opened to traffic in May 2020.

Now, the former structure is set to be taken away.

“The Barrington, Gloucester and surrounding communities have been enjoying this new bridge on Thunderbolts Way for over a year now,” Transport for NSW regional director North Anna Zycki said.

“They can rest assured this wider and safer crossing will meet their traffic needs now and well into the future.”

Work to remove the old bridge is expected to take about five months to complete, weather permitting.

“We acknowledge this structure is of historical importance to the local community and Transport for NSW has committed to honouring the memory of the bridge,” Ms Zycki said.

“Information about the old Barrington Bridge has already been recorded and archived using methods including 3D mapping, laser scanning and drone photogrammetry.

“As part of their plans, the project team is developing heritage interpretive signage and a display of bridge artefacts to be installed at the site, alongside a picnic area with tables made from the old bridge’s timbers.

“These proposals will be discussed with local stakeholders before installation, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.”

Removing the old bridge will reduce environmental impacts and ongoing maintenance costs, and prevent safety risks associated with the weathering and deterioration of the old structure.

Transport for NSW will start removal of the old Barrington Bridge on Monday 19 July and be working from 7am to 5pm on weekdays.

Some temporary traffic changes will be required on occasions to ensure the zone is safe with lane closures and a 40 km/h speed limit in place, which may affect travel times.

Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time, drive to the conditions, and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

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