Bat-friendly Bridgette

The timber logs resting on the concrete pier cross heads are from the old timber bridge which this new bridge replaces. Demolition of the old bridge had to be paused because it was found that a colony of small fishing bats had made their homes in the cracks of the timber beams, corbels and crossheads.

The solution to the problem was to carefully put aside the corbels until they could be put back in the same positions on the new precast concrete crossheads under the large Bridgette deck units now being placed.

Fortunately, there was enough space underneath between the ribs to accommodate the timber corbels.

This was accomplished with cooperation between Waldren Bridges and NSW Dept of National Parks and Wildlife officers who looked after the bats and returned them to their homes in the corbel cracks when the bridge was completed.