Published on 23 February 2023
Work on Englishes Bridge at Upper Coopers Creek in the Byron Shire hinterland is almost finished and it will be open to traffic next week.
The $1.8 million project involved the replacement of the original old timber bridge as well as repairs to Englishes Road.
The new bridge is reinforced concrete and has been designed to cope with future weather events after the area was badly affected by flooding in 2022.
The replacement of Englishes Bridge was funded under the NSW Disaster Assistance program.
Council is also replacing Upper Main Arm Bridge at Upper Main Arm and Sherrington’s Bridge at The Pocket.
These projects are funded via a grant from the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Bridges Program.
“With the exception of the refurbished South Arm Bridge at Brunswick Heads, these bridges are some of the last timber bridges in the Byron Shire,” Phil Holloway, Director Infrastructure Services, said.
“They have served the community well for many years but time, and floods, have taken their toll and they need to be replaced,” he said.
Work on the new bridge at Upper Main Arm is expected to finish in March and Sherringtons Bridge at The Pocket should be finished by the end of April.
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