News

Work has begun on restoring Dickabram Bridge

Craig Warhurst

THE ageing hardwood timbers of the historic Dickabram Bridge are being slowly and painstakingly replaced in an aim to breathe new life into the 122-year-old landmark.

Built in 1886, the bridge has long been the vital crossing across the Mary River near Miva but for now the bridge is closed to both trains and cars while a group of 12 Queensland Railway bridge builders set about renovating the regions most precious bridge.

The dedicated team of tradesmen has been battling heat, high above the Mary River, while carefully dismantling the timber and steel bridge.

The heritage listed bridge is one of only two remaining train and car bridges of it type left in Australia.

The construction crew is removing rotten timbers and replacing them with new hardwood beams in an effort to restore the old bridge to its former glory while making it safe for traffic.

Jason Steele is one of those men and he said working on the bridge was complicated, because of the design of the structure.

“The bridge is heritage listed so we have to replace everything exactly as it was, nothing is to change,” Mr Steele said.

“Sometimes we have to remove large sections of bridge to replace a rotten section.”

Walking along the rustic timber decking that makes up the road surface of the bridge, large gaps between boards frame glimpses of the Mary River 70 metres below.

“The other morning the boys saw some huge lungfish swimming around down there,” Mr Steele said.

They were around three foot long.”

The job is a huge one for the bridge builders and they aren't expected to finish until well into the new year.

Before then the construction crew is planning to erect scaffolding under the bridge to help with the replacement of some larger sections of timber.

That's when construction gang is going to really get into action.

Gympie Times



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Jean gets published despite critics

The cover art for Jean Chapman's first book, By Touch Alone.

Gympie author thumbs nose at those who said she didn't have it.

‘I didn’t want that fear again’: Hendra scares prompt vaccine

Carol Backhouse from Backhouse train is advocting the Hendra virus vaccine after a couple of close calls.

One too many close calls for Kandanga horse trainer

Health warning as bats injure three in Gympie this year

BATS BACK: Thousands of flying foxes are back lining the road at Widgee Crossing Rd.

Bat tests positive for deadly lyssavirus in Tewantin

Latest deals and offers

Hendra

Carol Backhouse from Backhouse train is advocting the Hendra virus vaccine after a...

Golf

Golf Pennents team win Virginia Reid, Kate Sawrey, Keryn Jessen, Karen Mills, Carol...

Rattler

Mayor Mick Curran and councillor James Cochrane and Garry Davison with some good...

Gympie trumps Fraser Coast in new housing developments

The scorecard is out - Gympie has come up trumps compared to Wide Bay in terms of new housing development.

Gympie trumps Fraser Coast in new housing developments

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog