An old bridge gets a new life as a heritage resource thanks to modern engineering expertise.
Engineering always presents exciting new projects with opportunities to innovate and push the boundaries of what can be designed and built. Occasionally, a project requires looking to the past. As part of the New South Wales Government’s Bridges for the Bush program, we were engaged to develop the Demolition Designers Safety Report for the decommissioning of the 1929 constructed Gee Gee Bridge.
Our challenge was to provide the critical information needed to carefully lift the bridge from its site for re-location to the Moulamein Heritage Village. Developing our report required a careful examination of how the bridge was originally constructed, its current state, and that of the geological conditions of the site. Our report also provided the engineering investigation outcomes and assessments of the proposed demolition methodology.
Spanning the Wakool River, the single-lane, 27.7 metre span bridge is of the Dare truss design type. Developed by designer, Harvey Dare, the design, used for numerous bridges built between 1905 and 1936, proved to be cost-effective and durable. In its new location, the bridge will play a valuable role providing education opportunities on the history of the region.
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