Hampden Bridge Project
Hampden Bridge Restoration
Australia’s last surviving wooden suspension bridge (from the Victorian era) has been saved by the Road Traffic Authority (RTA) through a series of conservation steps to restore the bridge. This hasl enabled Hampden Bridge to continue its vital role of linking the Southern Highlands with the South Coast of NSW.
Restoration of such a historic structure was not a straight forward task and involves expertise sourced from across the state.
The vital and exciting program had to consider the original 1890’s engineering triumph, plan day and night work considering tradesmen safety, meanwhile, keep the bridge open for business and committing to delivering a final result faithful to the original wooden bridge.
The community was involved, contributing to the project plan, ensuring rural life and business continues operating as usual and managing the heritage values of Hampden Bridge. It is very much part of our community.