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Prince Alfred Bridge at Gundagai

Work has been undertaken on the O I Bell Drive spans of the Prince Alfred Road Viaduct Bridge at Gundagai by the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure – Crown Lands.

The NSW Government and Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council are working with the Gundagai community to acknowledge the historical significance of the former Prince Alfred Bridge (timber road viaduct).

Prince Alfred Bridge Memorial work gets underway

Work to construct the Prince Alfred Bridge memorial has started at Gundagai.

Gundagai Construction Services is undertaking the construction work after being awarded a contract from Crown Lands.

Work over the next few weeks will focus on preparing materials using recycled timber from the bridge to construct elements of the memorial prior to it being assembled on-site.

The $405,000 project is expected to be completed by mid-July:

  • An interpretation panel with text and photos on the history of the bridge at a public viewing area off Sheridan Street overlooking the floodplain.
  •  A public gathering area on the floodplain off O.I. Bell Drive with recycled bridge timber used to create seating and decorative bollards, a reinstated bridge trestle, and a heritage interpretation panel with text and photos.
  • 3D online model recreating the sights and sounds of the former bridge that would be accessible via a QR code on the interpretation panel.


Location A and Location B illustration

Location A and Location B illustration
Gundagai historic bridge project background

Built in 1896, the Prince Alfred Bridge (timber road viaduct) in Gundagai NSW, had not operated or been required for transport since 1984 - it was the first major bridge crossing over the Murrumbidgee River.

Having deteriorated extensively and in very poor condition, it was identified as a risk to public safety and property, and risk of structural collapse during a flood event. The southern end of the bridge remains in service today (and will not be removed), while about 711 metres of approach that spans to the north have now been removed.

The NSW Government dismantled the timber road viaduct in November 2021. Considerations that led to this decision included public safety risk, cost of repair and maintenance, environmental cost of replacing the timbers and risk of flood.


Picture of a broken wooden bridge.

Picture of a broken wooden bridge. Credit: Amie Nicholas, Transport for NSW

As part of the bridge’s removal, the NSW Government completed a Review of Environmental Factors (REF), to ensure the natural environmental attributes, including local waterways and animal populations, were not adversely impacted.

More than 460 cubic metres of timber and trestles have been salvaged during the removal of the Prince Alfred Bridge.  Additionally, one whole timber trestle and 12 half trestles have been salvaged.

A further 8 timber trestles will remain in the ground, which have been cut to 1.5metres, located south of O.I. Bell Drive and north of O.I. Bell Drive, to commemorate the former position of the bridge.

To find out more about the Gundagai Historic Bridge project, read the frequently asked questions.


Picture of the old Prince Alfred bridge.

Picture of the old Prince Alfred bridge.
Previous community consultation


Location B concept illustration

Location B concept memorial design

During September and October 2021, a survey seeking input from the public attracted a total of 139 submissions. Representatives from Crown Land, Transport for NSW, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, Gundagai Bridges Heritage Inc, National Trust, Engineers Australia, Regional NSW, and Heritage NSW (Department of Premier and Cabinet) were also consulted as part of a stakeholder working group.

From this feedback, we engaged consultant heritage architects Conrad Gargett to deliver design options that reflected and paid tribute to the history of the bridge.

Concepts included 2 proposed attractions to engage locals and visitors at the northern abutment end of the former road bridge (Location A) and on the flood plain at O.I.Bell Drive (Location B). Location A is the elevated location off Prince Alfred Drive (location 16 on the current Gundagai Heritage Walk).

During May 2022, we consulted with approximately 300 people including community members, tourists, Aboriginal Elders and Cootamundra Gundagai Regional council and councillors.

We conducted an online survey which resulted in the top 3 considered ‘very important' aspects in the design concepts being identified as:

Location A:

  • Interpretive information panels (text and photos)
  • An elevated viewing location with views across the floodplain
  • Using recycled bridge timbers to create seating and bollards

Location B:

  • Using recycled bridge timbers to create seating and bollards
  • Reinstatement of the former bridge trestle #27 (to its original location)
  • A viewing location on the floodplain
  • Interpretative information panels (text and photos)

Overall, the Prince Alfred Timber Road Viaduct project highlights the strong heritage identity of Gundagai. The feedback received reflects positive support for the initial stages with many responding well to the design proposals. Funding of this and subsequent initiatives is strongly supported by the Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council and the Gundagai community.

Illustration of memorial design concept

Illustration of memorial design concept.

For more information about the former Prince Alfred Bridge: