ONE of our most iconic landmarks, the Kilcunda Trestle Bridge, will be closed between early October and mid-November to receive a major overhaul.
Once the $867,000 project is complete, the bridge will feature new decking and durable stainless-steel balustrading and handrails, which will sit atop the existing bridge structure, providing a significant boost to the ongoing safety and functionality of the bridge.
The bridge’s sub-structure was repaired in 2017 and these additional upgrades will ensure this significant structure can be enjoyed by locals and visitors for many years to come.
Originally constructed in 1911, the iconic, heritage-listed Kilcunda Bridge stretches 91 metres across Bourne Creek at Kilcunda.
The 12-metre high wooden trestle bridge formed part of the Woolamai-Wonthaggi railway until 1978 and is now a feature of the Bass Coast Rail Trail.
Pedal or stroll the iconic bridge, stopping to take in the views of the creek, the sandy Kilcunda Beach and the crashing waves from Bass Strait.
Kilcunda Bridge is historically significant as the most spectacular surviving artefact from the historic Woolamai-Wonthaggi railway, built specifically to access locomotive fuel from the State Coal Mine at the Powlett Coal Fields.
Kilcunda Bridge is technically significant because of its unusual pier structure. It was originally built with angled two-pile timber piers, an innovation on the earlier tradition of vertical two-pile piers.
Because of the unusually heavy haulage to which this bridge was subject, two more vertical timber piles were later added to the centre section of each pier, distinguishing these tall piers from those of other surviving timber bridges.
Beam spans were also strengthened by adding an extra timber beam under each side to give a total of six beams per span: a very unusual feature.
Kilcunda Bridge is socially significant to Victorians because of its historical importance, combined with easy public access beside a coastal state highway much used by tourists.
The bridge will be closed from October 8 through to mid-November 2018.