Dawson River Bridge - 1933 - Cundletown, NSW - Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
S 31° 53.673 E 152° 30.214
56J E 453054 N 6471145
Quick Description: Dawson River Bridge is a single-span Steel Truss Bridge that was built in 1933 by the Department of Main Roads in preparation for the Pacific Highway being upgraded as the main route north/south.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Date Posted: 12/10/2014 7:12:16 AM
Waymark Code: WMN1ZK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
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Long Description:
A timber bridge across the Dawson River was constructed in 1879. This bridge weathered some severe floods until it was replaced by this steel truss bridge in 1933.

From the Ozroads site: "Since its proclamation as a State Highway in 1928 the Pacific Highway has always passed through Taree. A ferry was used to carry highway traffic across the Manning River at Tinonee until 1937 when the two-lane steel truss Martin Bridge was constructed by the Department of Main Roads as unemployment relief. Opening of the bridge relocated the highway from Tinonee via Purfleet and across the Manning River floodplain to Commerce Street at Taree.

Also during the 1930s the Department of Main Roads relocated the highway through Taree as part of its ongoing improvements to the highway. The 1935 Annual Report of the DMR describes the work: “The work was commenced at Taree and, to avoid the existing level crossing on the North Coast Railway at the northern end of High Street, Taree, the route of the Highway has now been diverted from High Street to pass along Victoria Street using the existing timber bridges over Browns Creek and crossing a branch railway line leading to the deep water wharf. The original route of the Highway is rejoined at a point 1.5 miles from Taree Post Office.” The original route of the highway was from the Bucketts Way at Tinonee, via Claxton St, Cotton St and Edinburgh Drive to High St, thence via High St , High St North , Kanangra Dr and Cowper Street to Chatham."
I don't think that this bridge has 'gone under in a flood', but it does get cut-off from the Manning River flooding over the river flats to the south west and what is now Manning River Drive (ex Pacific Highway).
Date built or dedicated as indicated on the date stone or plaque.: 1933

Date stone, plaque location.: Southern side, Western (Chatham) end)

Road, body of water, land feature, etc. that the bridge spans.: Dawson River

Website (if available): [Web Link]

Parking (safe parking location): S 31° 53.682 E 152° 30.162

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