UPDATE: December 6, 2021
The Kirwans Bridge Community Panel has been working since July this year to focus on a solution for the longevity of Kirwans Bridge.
It is well acknowledged that this bridge is such an amazing structure in the district both for the flow of vehicles and as an historic tourist icon –but in its present condition its life is limited.
The Strathbogie Shire sort to engage members of the community to guide the discussions because of their knowledge and passion for the bridge.
There have been four meetings at the Nagambie Regatta Centre (COVID restricting more).
The bridge is heritage listed. Heritage Victoria reported to the group along with a structural bridge engineer who presented theories on how to extend the life of the bridge.
During the meetings, the panel have discussed a range of options for future solutions for the bridge. These three options were presented to Heritage Victoria for their initial feedback;
Option 1: replace existing bridge in its current location with a new replica timber bridge (same look and feel of existing bridge ie; near original) - two lanes and an additional lane for pedestrian and cycling access. The original bridge built in 1890 was a double lane bridge and became a single-lane bridge in the 1950s. This option would complement the heritage and provide a lifespan of more than 75 years.
Option 2: new two-lane concrete or timber bridge located five metres apart and running parallel to the existing bridge. The existing bridge to remain for pedestrian and cycling access. The new parallel bridge will have a lifespan of more than 100 years and the existing bridge will continue to be maintained to a standard for pedestrians and cyclists.
Option 3: maintain existing single lane bridge by undertaking a full renovation; replacing the decking with a timber or precast concrete deck and some high piles replaced with a combination of driven steel piles and bored piles, with work underneath the deck to strengthen the structure. The life of this option would be around 50 years.
Heritage Victoria replied that they wanted the panel to gain advice from a Heritage Advisor and our engineering department to further examine the options.
Chairman of the Panel Darren Lyons and two other members of the panel reported on the process of engagement and the actions undertaken by the panel at a Strathbogie Shire Councillor Briefing session in November.
Currently the panel is awaiting further updates on the above expanded options.
Join the Kirwans Bridge Community Panel
We are calling for community members to join the Kirwans Bridge Community Panel. The panel will work with Council to decide the historic bridge’s future.
In March this year the bridge’s load limit was reduced from six to three tonnes. It was a difficult decision, but one that was made to ensure the safety of those using the bridge.
A detailed inspection and assessment of the load carrying capacity of Kirwans Bridge found the bridge was in poor condition and there are several maintenance items that need attention.
Expressions of Interest are now being received for people to join the Community Panel.
The purpose of the Community Panel is to;
- Facilitate community involvement in discussions regarding the bridge’s future
- Capture local knowledge, issues, concerns and opportunities
- Plan a future for Kirwans Bridge.
Please complete the form below to submit your EOI
EOI close at 5pm on June 2, 2021.