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Barrington Bridge - A Two-span Standard Allan Truss Bridge, Across the Barrington River,  Barrington, near Gloucester, Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia | by Black Diamond Images
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Barrington Bridge - A Two-span Standard Allan Truss Bridge, Across the Barrington River, Barrington, near Gloucester, Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia

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"The timber bridge over the Barrington River at Barrington has been named as one of a number of bridges the RTA will replace under a strategy that looks at the future of the state’s timber truss bridges.

The RTA has released a plan to manage the conservation of the state’s RTA-managed timber truss bridges and has called for community comment on the document. (Note - Comment closed August 26th 2011)

 

An RTA spokesperson said the plan identifies bridges to be retained to ensure examples of the different types of timber truss bridges are preserved.

 

But the bridge at Barrington is not one of them.

 

“The RTA recognises the importance of protecting the heritage of the state’s timber truss bridge history and has worked with the Heritage Council of NSW and heritage groups during the preparation of the strategy,” the spokesperson said.

 

“The strategy, which has considered each bridge’s operational and heritage significance, proposes to retain 25 of the 48 remaining RTA-managed timber truss bridges.”

 

More than 400 timber truss bridges were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s and were designed for horse drawn wagons or early vehicles .........

 

......... Barrington Bridge is a two-span standard Allan truss bridge, crossing the Barrington River. It replaced a McDonald truss bridge at the same location. It is one of 15 bridges in the Hunter Valley, which also include landmark bridges such as Morpeth, Hinton and Dunmore.

The Barrington Bridge was partially upgraded in 1999.

Barrington Bridge is not listed on the State Heritage Register. It was ranked 50th in the 1998

MBK timber truss bridge study and this is recognised in the timber truss bridge conservation

Barrington Bridge does not bear any unique or outstanding design characteristics that cannot be

viewed in other Allan truss bridges, meaning its removal and replacement would not result in a

loss of the representativeness of the RTA’s timber truss bridge collection. Nine Allan truss bridges are operable."

 

SOURCE Gloucester Advocate 27th July 2011.

 

NOTE 1- After looking under and over all sides of this bridge on 19th Feb 2012 it appears a solid well constructed bridge and my own hope is that it will be retained as a footbridge if it is to be replaced.

It would be a serious loss to tourism in the Gloucester/ Barrington community if it were totally removed as it is such an interesting and photographic subject in a usually lush green rural setting.

 

NOTE 2 - As of February 2012 I am uncertain what future the report has recommended for the historic Marlee and Duffs Allan Truss Bridges over Dingo Creek west of Wingham.

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Taken on February 19, 2012