Oil Terminal Footbridge replacement nearing completion

Media release - 2 June 2017

Replacement work to the Oil Terminal Footbridge, crossing Saltwater Creek off Phillip Drive, at South West Rocks is nearing completion.

The new bridge replaces the old wooden structure which was damaged by vandals and closed for around 12 months.

While it is similar in design and size to the old, the replacement valued at $160,000 has a wider deck and is much safer.

Due to the bridge›s sensitive wetlands location, Kempsey Shire Council had to seek complex environmental approvals prior to any construction commencing.

“We have had to work with minimal impact on the soil, water and vegetation at the site, so we have used the existing piles and footings,” Council›s Manager of Engineering Works, Tony Green said.

“New concrete abutments have been installed at either end of the bridge and the new structural components are now being installed. All the structural components are composite fibre and all the fixings are stainless steel for longevity.

“On completion of the structural components, the deck and handrails will be placed and the bridge will be re-opened to the public.”

Mr Green said the bridge is expected to be opened to the public by the end of next week, in time for the long weekend.

Oil Terminal Footbridge under constructionWork on the Oil Terminal Footbridge at South West Rocks is nearing completion