Hampden Bridge is Falling Down


Swansea, Australia

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Hampden Bridge, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia. Nikon D40X, 18-55.

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A wooden Allan Truss bridge over the Murrumbidgee River which opened to traffic on 11 November 1895 and was closed in October 1995 when the Wiradjuri Bridge (just downstream) opened. The bridge is 100.5 metres (330 ft) long with each of the 3 truss spans 33.5 metres (110 ft) long. Hampden Bridge was the first large overhead-braced truss bridge designed by Percy Allan. The bridge was originally designed to be a steel-built bridge; however, the tenders were too expensive so timber was used as an alternative. Hampden Bridge replaced the Wagga Wagga Company Bridge, a toll bridge over the Murrumbidgee River that was constructed in 1862. The Roads and Traffic Authority handed over the Hampden Bridge to the Wagga Wagga City Council after the bridge was closed to traffic in October 1995. However, the local historic landmark stayed open to pedestrians as a route between the suburb of North Wagga and the City of Wagga Wagga. 16 August 2006 – the Hampden Bridge was closed to pedestrians indefinitely after the Wagga Wagga City Council found that the bridge deck had dropped 50 centimetres (20 in) after one of the trusses failed. A safety report by the Roads and Traffic Authority stated that the bridge could fall down any day due to it being in a state of disrepair. Wagga Wagga City Council looked into ways to prop up the failed section with other options of possibly demolishing the bridge. 27 February 2008 – Wagga Wagga City Council approved $300,000 to make the bridge structurally safe. In November 2007 councillors attended a number of workshops on estimated costs of rehabilitation and demolition. The cost of rehabilitation was estimated to be $1.5 million and demolition $1.6 million. August 2008 – a 39-metre (128 ft) metal truss was placed on the failed section of the Hampden Bridge, to raise the deck for repair, which used railway tracks to put it in place. It has remained in this state since to the present day (June, 2010). [Source, Wikepedia)

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