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Merseylea Bridge

ClientKentish Council
Value$1.8M
StateTasmania
CompletedMay 2017

In June 2016, the North West Coast of Tasmania experienced a major flood event, destroying numerous structures throughout the region. As a consequence, the Merseylea Bridge was destroyed, severing the critically important link in the Kimberley community.

The Project

In June 2016 extensive flooding saw the decimation of the Merseylea Bridge. The bridge broke essentially into three sections. One third drifted downstream, where it lodged in the embankment. The section on the Native Plains Road side section tore apart and relocated a few 100 metres to its north.

The loss of the Merseylea Bridge not only created a physical barrier between adjoining farmland but fractured the normally close linked farmers of the Kimberley community.

This was not the first flood event to occur and cause damage to the Merseylea Bridge. The Merseylea Bridge has seen a number of evolutions with the force of water dominating every time to date.

In 1932, flood water saw that approximately 20-30 tonnes of drift timber hit the bridge, significantly washing a hollow out on the Railton side to reveal piles resting on the gravel bottom. Newspaper articles state that the Merseylea abutment of the bridge across the Mersey River was washed away, isolating the district of Native Plains. A great damage was caused to the Merseylea Bridge on the Railton side.

Further works on the bridge took place the summer after the 1935 floods to replace some of its dead wood. Further complaints as to its condition were received in 1937.

The bridge was replaced in 1958 with another timber bridge to its immediate south, which only lasted 12 years when the fury of the 1970s floods were once again a force to be reckoned with.

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