Photo courtesy TasRail
Kimberley Railway Bridge in the north of the State will undergo urgent repair
works after recent floods destroyed the northern span.
The scour of
water flowing through the Mersey River earlier this month caused the concrete
abutments to rotate and fall, bringing with them the wrought iron northern
Tasmanian Heritage Council has given TasRail a certificate of exemption to
commence the urgent works as soon as possible, which will allow this important
transport route to reopen.
unacceptable risks of using the same abutment location, or the damaged span, a
replacement span will be constructed of similar appearance, but with an additional
5-metre span length to connect the location of the new abutment on the north
side of the river. The profile of the side girders are designed to match the
height and pattern of the remaining wrought iron spans, but with a bolted and
welded construction to increase robustness.
Close up of the Bridge profile
will recover and store the damaged wrought iron span, for future
Kimberley Railway Bridge heralded an important era in Kimberley’s history,
leading to the town’s growth and, when the station and rail services to the
town closed in the 1970s, leading to the town’s decline. Today, it continues as
a critical transport route, demonstrating its significance to the state’s
transport and transportation history.
replacement span will serve as a reminder of the catastrophic failure and
reconstruction of that part of the Kimberley Railway Bridge as a result of the
2016 flood event.