Road and bridge works
Updated 1:25pm 13 February 2020

Bridges affected by the bushfires
13 February 2020

A number of bridges in the Kempsey Shire have been damaged or destroyed by bushfires. Overall, five bridges were damaged and six destroyed in the upriver area.

Council has completed repairs at several locations already, including:

  • Taits Bridge, Willi Willi Road
  • Lemon Tree Gully Bridge, Warbro Brook Road
  • Brassils Bridge, Brassils Creek Road

Further repair work is planned over the coming weeks to replace girders and decking, weather permitting:

  • Mines Bridge, Mines Road (nearing completion)
  • Installation of a temporary bridge at Butlers Bridge on Warbro Brook Road, previously scheduled for March, is now set to be the next bridge repair project for Council. Timber for the temporary structure will be sourced from the old Turners Flat bridge. As a result, the need for conditions that allow the removal of those materials will dictate the exact timing of the works.
  • Kyles Bridge, Toms Gully Road (will be repaired following the temporary bridge installation at Butlers Bridge)
  • Winstead Bridge, Winstead Road, Kundabung (17-21 February 2020)

A temporary sidetrack has been constructed and is in place at:

  • Harrys Gully Bridge, Carrai Road

Temporary load limits are in place at:

  • Majors Creek Causeway, Moparrabah Road
  • Havachat Bridge, Mungay Creek Road

Council is seeking approval for the replacement of several bridges under natural disaster provisions and once approved this work will occur later in 2020:

  • Harrys Gully Bridge, Carrai Road
  • Lewis Creek Bridge, Toms Gully Road
  • Majors Creek Causeway, Moparrabah Road
  • Butlers Bridge, Warbro Brook Road (temporary bridge to be installed in March)
  • Maineys Bridge, Dowling Falls Road
  • Havachat Bridge, Mungay Creek Road

Roads affected by slips
18 February 2020

  • Moparrabah Road - a slip has occurred due to heavy rainfall - light vehicle access only.
  • Armidale Regional Council advise that Armidale Road is closed west of Blackbird Flat due to several landslips. Access is available for local residents only.

Turners Flat Road, Turners Flat - bridgeworks complete, roadworks in progress

Work to construct a new bridge over the Macleay River at Turners Flat has been completed. The new bridge is 144m long, two lanes wide and 1.8m higher than the existing bridge for better service during floods.

The project was undertaken for Council by Waeger Constructions. Roadworks to complete the approaches to the bridge were commenced by Council staff on 15 January and the bridge is now expected to be opened to traffic on 22 January.

During roadworks construction, when necessary the old bridge and approaches will be under traffic control during normal working hours and short delays may occur.

In the interest of safety, during the work a temporary speed limit will be enforced both during and after normal working hours. Motorist are requested to follow instructions from traffic controllers at all time when present.

Council appreciates the cooperation and support of local residents while these important works are carried out. For further information please contact the Customer Service Centre on 6566 3200


The information on this page may not be comprehensive due to the nature of any flood, bushfire and storm events.

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