Well we’ve begun our bridge work for 2023, with our first task being the digging out of the settled pile by the down end of Muckleford Creek Bridge.
The issue was found to quite simply be the wailers at the base of the pile had failed, however the pile is in excellent condition and the sill is still quite serviceable. We did discover this appears to be due to fungal attack, another enemy of timber bridges!
As such, Thursday’s task will be to remove the pile and old sill, renew the wailers and sill, with suitable fungal treatment, to prevent a recurrence. It was nice to see, however, no evidence at all of termite activity.
Thursday’s gang will meet at Maldon at 8am then out on site at Muckleford Creek Bridge from 8.15am.