Open Access Review Article

Recent Bushfire Impact on Timber Bridges in Northern New South Wales

Glencross Grant R* and Moore JC

Adjunct Associate Professor in Engineering, Southern Cross University, Australia

Corresponding Author

Received Date: March 29, 2020;  Published Date: April 16, 2020


This paper provides preliminary observations and comments following recent field inspection of a number of fire-damaged bridges in northern New South Wales (NSW). The fire event has been described as unprecedented, at least in living memory, with over five million hectares burnt in NSW from September 2019 to late January 2020, comprising mostly national parks and state forest, but also many neighbouring properties and houses. The impact on infrastructure has been profound, with at least three government schools destroyed and numerous timber road bridges damaged or destroyed in eastern NSW. Some roads have been closed for months and are still closed. These events will have long lasting implications. It is clear that changes will be needed to successfully adapt to altering externalities in the future.

Keywords: Timber bridges; Bushfires; Fire damage

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