Refurbishment celebrates the golden age of steam

20 October 2016

 

The historic Currumbin Creek Footbridge is open again after a $3 million restoration.

Divisional Councillor Daphne McDonald said the 113-year-old bridge boasted a rich history and heritage value to the city.

“This footbridge was originally a steam train crossing of Currumbin Creek,” she said.

“It is the only structurally complete bridge still in existence on the South Coast railway line.”

Students from two state schools, Elanora and Currumbin, assisted Cr McDonald in opening the bridge. 

The conservation efforts include wrought iron girders, cross beams and cast iron columns.

Original structural components of the bridge - the wrought iron railway girders and ‘Earl of Dudley’ cross beams - have been refurbished and reinstalled for heritage and aesthetic purposes.

Pedestrian and cycle access has been improved, with the path widened from 2.1 metres to 3 metres.

Additional safety enhancements were also completed including stainless steel barriers, bridge approaches, connecting paths, lighting and utility services.

“Now our conservation efforts are complete, the life and historic value of the bridge has been extended for future generations to enjoy,” said Cr McDonald.

Constructed in 1903, the bridge was closed to rail traffic in the mid-1960s and was then primarily used to support a number of utility services (water and sewer) while also functioning as a narrow pedestrian bridge.

The South Coast line operated from 1889-1964 carrying people and freight from Brisbane to Coolangatta.

The bridge was repurposed in 1994 to a dedicated pedestrian bridge by relocating the utility services and replacing the original timber sleepers with plywood decking, asphalt surfacing and pedestrian barriers. 

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