Gee Gee Bridge

Located on Noorong Road (MR 94), approximately 37km from Swan Hill & 48km from Barham over the Wakool River. Is a NSW DARE type timber truss bridge constructed in 1929 and is maintained by the NSW RTA.

It has a single timber truss span of 27.7m (91 ft). There are three (3) timber approach spans at one end & two (2) at the other,  giving the bridge an overall length of 72.5m (238 ft). The super structure is supported by timber trestles and provides a dual lane carriageway with a minimum width of 5.5m. A timber post and rail guard rail extends the full length of the bridge. In the 1990s strengthening of timber trestles took place.

As a timber truss road bridge, it has many associated links with important historical events, trends and people including the expansion of the road network and economic activity throughout NSW.

DARE trusses were fifth in the five stage design evolution of NSW timber truss road bridges. They were similar to Allan trusses, but contain improvements which make them stronger and easier to maintain. The Gee Gee bridge is a representative example of DARE timber truss road bridges, and is assessed as being State significant, primarily on the basis of its technical and historical significance.

The Gee Gee bridge has had various maintenance and repair works undertaken, including rehabilitation works on truss and approach spans (including re decking), construction of extra span, strengthening truss span & upgrade truss span deck during April 1998. During these works a low level bridge was utilized to divert traffic from the bridge route.

Timber truss bridges have played an important role in the expansion and improvement of the NSW road network. Prior to the bridges, river crossings were often dangerous especially in wet seasons, which caused bulk freight movement to be prohibitively expensive for most agricultural & mining produce. Only the high priced wool clip of the time was able to carry the costs and inconvenience imposed by the generally inadequate river crossings that often existed prior to the bridges construction. The Gee Gee bridge exhibits the technical excellence of its design, as all of the structural detail is clearly visible.

Contact Details

  • Wakool Shire Council - Engineering Dept
  • Phone: 03 58875007
  • Fax: 03 58875103