Holland Street Bridge

Bridge over River Torrens between Holland Street Thebarton and Manton Street Hindmarsh (Sir William Goodman Bridge)

This webpage contains:

History of the Bridge

Historical Significance

Current Status of Bridge

Current Decision Making

The Next Steps

Technical Reports 

Council/Committee Report History

History of the Bridge

This bridge does not have an official name, but the project team has been using the Sir William Goodman Bridge in recognition of the chief engineer of the Metropolitan Tramway Trust (MTT), Sir William Toop Goodman, at that time.

The Metropolitan Tramway Trust was formed in 1906 to take over the existing Adelaide metropolitan horse tram network and electrify the system. Once this had been achieved, the Metropolitan Tramway Trust was required to extend the system to provide a service to suburbs within a ten mile radius of the Adelaide GPO. In order to provide services to the north-west of the city, the River Torrens had to be crossed. The Metropolitan Tramway Trust civil engineer favoured an arch bridge, but Monash was able to convince the Trust that a T-girder was a more efficient and economical design.

The bridge was completed in December 1908, and the single track was laid in February 1909; however, the overhead electrical lines were not finished and a horse tram service began running in June. The first trial run with an electric car was on 9 March 1910.

The bridge was officially opened on the 26 June 1909 at a cost of £1,550.

In 1953, following the closing of the trams, the Metropolitan Tramway Trust offered the bridge to the Highways Department.  In March 1954 at the Highways and Local Government Department refused to take over the bridge as it was considered unsuitable for vehicular use.

In April 1954, the two Corporations of Hindmarsh and Thebarton assumed joint ownership of the bridge as they wished to retain the bridge. 

Following an undertaking by the Minister of Roads in January 1961, the Highways Department became responsible for maintenance and the bridge was reopened in May 1962 to traffic with a 5-tonne limit and one-way traffic.  Some upgrading work included filling in the tram tracks with bitumen and providing guard rails on either side of the road pavement was undertaken.  Even at that time the bridge had been suffering extensive damage due to corrosion and subject to a number of reports by bridge engineers from the Highways Department. Sometime later, the load limit of the bridge was lowered to 2-tonne which effectively meant it could only be used by cars. 

The bridge was threatened with demolition in about 1982 as part of the State governments flood prevention plan for the River Torrens through the Adelaide Plains but that never eventuated.

The bridge was closed to road traffic in about 1990 and the maintenance responsibilities reverted back to the Councils.  At that time, it then became a pedestrian and cyclist bridge.

With the merger of councils, the bridge then became jointly owned by the City of Charles Sturt and the City of West Torrens.  The bridge continued to be restricted to pedestrian traffic and cyclists.

In 2010 a condition assessment audit for asset management purposes found the bridge to be in such poor state, it was assessed as being in condition 5, which meant immediate closure was required.  This condition rating was due to the extent of concrete spalling and the amount of corrosion causing reduced steel reinforcement cross-section area able to provide tensile strength for bridge loads.

Since then, the two councils have worked to determine the best way to provide pedestrian and cycling access across the River Torrens.  Several consultant studies have looked at options for constructing new bridges, or restoring and upgrading the existing bridge.

A decision about whether to continue with restoring and upgrading the bridge, or constructing a new bridge is expected to be made mid 2013.

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Historical Significance

The bridge thought to be the first reinforced concrete bridge to be built in Adelaide metropolitan area and the second oldest reinforced concrete bridge in South Australia.  It is one of only two examples of reinforced concrete bridges designed by Monash in SA and still standing (the other is a railway bridge over the Hindmarsh River outside Victor Harbor which is still in use).

It is the third reinforced concrete bridge in South Australia. The design by Sir John Monash for the South Australian Reinforced Concrete Company used a three span 'T' girder system to carry the weight of the trams. The bridge was built in about three months, which is a very fast time, even by today's standards.

The ‘Holland Street Bridge’ (Sir William Goodman Bridge) was entered in the State Heritage Register, under the ‘South Australian Heritage Places Act 1993’, on 20 November 1986, the Classified List of the National Trust of South Australia (now closed to entries) and is entered in the local Development Plan, under the ‘South Australian Development Act 1993’, as a State Registered Place.  The Holland Street Bridge is also recorded as a significant structure by Engineers Australia. As the bridge is heritage listed it cannot be demolished.

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Current Status of Bridge

Both the Charles Sturt and West Torrens Councils are jointly responsible for this bridge. Since is became unsafe to use, both council have been working together to discuss what needs to be further explored and/or undertaken to allow prudent investment of public money in repairing or replacing this bridge. This has included the need to further define the primary risks associated with the repair work, the deficiencies of the repaired bridge when compared to the current standards, the need for cost scenarios to the worst case of replacing all of the 'T' girder elements, and how to best manage the project.

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Current Decision Making

Charles Sturt is working with West Torrens Council on a joint solution. Charles Sturt is very hopeful that it would be able to demonstrate to the West Torrens Council that the bridge can be repaired so that it can be serviceable and that the risks can be managed. Charles Sturt sought the services of an experienced concrete repair engineer to manage the project to assess the capacity for the bridge to be restored.

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The Next Steps

This was last updated 23 August 2013.

In summary the next steps are:

Stage 1 - Initial work

Establish a bridge restoration and upgrade consultancy panel. (completed)

Obtain quotes for Stage 2. (completed)

Preliminary Design for Restoration Trial. (completed)

Report to the Asset Management Committee seeking a direction for the project. The report will further explore the benefit and risk of remediating the bridge and the order of cost for the remediation work and for ongoing maintenance. (the AM Minutes 16/07/12 Item 3.64 - completed)

Subject to Council endorsement, the next stage would be: (endorsement received)

Stage 2 ‐Preliminary design phase (COMPLETE)

Engage a Project Manager for the remainder of the project. (completed)

Engage the project team for this Stage and undertake preliminary design. (completed)

Prepare a cost plan and update the order of cost estimates and check against budget. (completed)

Liaise with external authorities including Heritage SA to establish regulatory and other constraints. (completed)

Prepare a preliminary program for all stages of the works to allow monitoring of the design work and to allocate times for various tasks. (completed)

Receive consultants report about the trial restoration. (completed)

Consult with the LGA Mutual Liability Scheme. (completed)

Forward report to our partner, the City of West Torrens for consideration and Elected Member report. (completed)

Decision made by the City of West Torrens (completed)

Decision made by the City of Charles Sturt (completed Council Meeting 15 July 2013)

City of Charles Sturt resolved to restore the bridge and to accept responsibility for the bridge for the next 80-years and the $800,000 from the City of West Torrens toward restoration and maintenance of the bridge during that period.

All funding now secured.

Stage 3 – Final design phase (COMMENCED)

Undertake detailed design and documentation for all aspects of the bridge remediation and upgrade. (commenced)

Obtain necessary approvals and permits for the final restoration work from external authorities to allow the restoration to be undertaken including Heritage SA.

Report to the Asset Management Committee seeking an approval to undertake the work.

Subject to Council endorsement, the final stage would be:

Stage 4 – Construction phase (not yet commenced, pending final decision once construction amount determined by tender)

Appoint a Contractor to undertake the restoration work.

Undertake the restoration work. Load test the bridge.

Practical Completion.

Commemorative Opening with Minister & Local MPs.

The Bridge is expected to be open to the public in June 2014; subject to all decisions and funding as per program.

 

Philip Hewitt CPEng

Manager Engineering Strategy & Assets
T: (08) 8408 1291 F: (08) 8408 1122
www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au
Postal: PO Box 1, Woodville, SA 5011
Street:72 Woodville Road, Woodville, SA
 

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Technical Reports

Design Development and Preliminary Phase March 2013 

Project Manager - Report on Design Development and Preliminary Phase March 2013 (1991 kb)

Architect - Report on Design Development and Preliminary Phase March 2013 (957 kb)

Report on Design Development and Preliminary Phase March 2013 (2972 kb)

Structural Engineer - Report on Design Development and Preliminary Phase March 2013 (1601 kb)

Geotechnical ~ Report on Design Development and Preliminary Phase March 2013 (3620 kb)

Cost Management - Report on Design Development and Preliminary Phase March 2013 (4447 kb)

Peer Review - Design Development and Preliminary Design Phase March 2013 (97 kb)

Nomination for Inclusion on the Engineers Australia Engineering Heritage Recognition Program - March 2013 (818 kb)

Sir William George Toop Goodman - May 2013 (169 kb)

Sir John Monash - May 2013 (90 kb)

Whole of Life Costs - May 2013 (112 kb)

Final Documentation Tendering and Construction Schedule - May 2013 (257 kb)

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Council/Committee Report History

9 August 2010 Asset Management Committee

3.55 HOLLAND STREET BRIDGE, THEBARTON (B6292)

Brief

A recent audit of Council owned (and partly owned) bridges identified the former tram bridge at the end of Holland Street Thebarton as being in poor condition. The bridge is being used as a pedestrian and cycling connection over the River Torrens between Hindmarsh and Thebarton. This bridge is the joint responsibility of the City of West Torrens and the City of Charles Sturt. This report recommends a short and medium term management strategy for the bridge.

Motion 1. That Council note the report and the actions undertaken (or to be undertaken) to manage use of the Holland Street Bridge including:

(a) Installation of a bollard to limit vehicle access on the Charles Sturt side of the river.

(b) narrowing of the pedestrian / cyclist path across the bridge.

(c) commencing further structural investigation of the bridge.

(c). signage to advise the public of the project scope.

Motion 2. That a report be brought back to the Asset Management Committee with management options (including cost estimates).

The whole report from the Agenda is available here.

3.55 Holland Street Bridge, Thebarton(127 kb)

9 May 2011 Asset Management Committee

3.36 UPDATE ON CLOSURE OF THE SIR WILLIAM GOODMAN BRIDGE BETWEEN HINDMARSH AND THEBARTON (B6292

Brief

The former tramway bridge between Manton Street Hindmarsh and Holland Street Thebarton was assessed as being in poor condition in 2009 requiring further investigation. Once tram services ceased, the bridge which is formally known as the Sir William Goodman Bridge, continued to be used as a pedestrian and cycling connection over the River Torrens. The bridge was closed in November 2010 following Motions from engineers at Kellogg Brown and Root. Further structural testing is underway. This report provides an update on the bridge testing works and proposed future action.

Motion 1. The outcome of bridge testing works to date and proposed future actions as stated in the report contained within Appendix A are noted and incorporated into the minutes.

Motion 2. The Sir William Goodman Bridge remain closed until further notice to mitigate risk for use of the bridge due to insufficient capacity to support its current function as a shared Pedestrian and Cyclist path.

Motion 3. A report is brought back to Council once the Final Report from engineers at Kellogg Brown and Root has been discussed with the Administration of the City of West Torrens.

The whole report from the Agenda is available here.

3.36 Update on Closure of the Sir William Goodman Bridge Between Hindmarsh and Thebarton(173 kb)

25 July 2011 Council

5.11 PETITION – INSTALLATION OF A TEMPORARY FOOTBRIDGE – RIVER TORRENS (B6292)

Brief

A petition has been received from Ms Deborah Ward and Ms Michell Cardoso requesting the installation of a temporary foot bridge over the River Torrens whilst the Holland Street Bridge(formally known as the Sir William Goodman Bridge) is closed.

 Motion 1. That the petition be received.

 Motion 2. That Council note that a report about the Sir William Goodman Bridge is included in this Agenda (Item 6.139).

 Motion 3. That Council notify the head petitioner of Council’s decision made in respect to the Item 6.139.

 The whole report from the Agenda is available here.

5.11 Petition - Installation of a Temporary Footbridge - River Torrens(877 kb)

25 July 2011 Council

6.139 UPDATE ON CLOSURE OF THE SIR WILLIAM GOODMAN BRIDGE BETWEEN HINDMARSH AND THEBARTON (B6292)

Brief

The former tramway and vehicular bridge between Manton Street, Hindmarsh and Holland Street, Thebarton has functioned as a pedestrian and cycling connection over the River Torrens since tram services ceased and vehicle access was restricted. In 2009 the bridge was assessed as being in poor condition and requiring further investigation. Access onto the bridge was restricted in November 2010 following Motions from engineers at Kellogg Brown and Root and further structural testing was performed. This report provides the outcomes of the structural testing and recommends options for future action.

Motion . That a further report be received by the Asset Management Committee once a second opinion about the structural integrity of the existing bridge to understand pedestrian and cyclist load and including a comprehensive risk assessment is completed.

The whole report from the Agenda is available here.

6.139 Update on Closure of the Sir William Goodman Bridge Between Hidmarsh and Thebarton(877 kb)

25 June 2012 Council

5.9 PETITION – REPAIR AND RE OPEN THE HOLLAND STREET BRIDGE FOR CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS (B4471)

Brief

A petition has been received from Paul Anderson, requesting that Council repair

and re‐open the Holland Street Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.

Motion 1. That the petition be received and referred to the Asset Management Committee on 16 July 2012.

Motion 2. That Council notify the head petitioner of Council’s decision.

The whole report from the Agenda is available here.

5.9 Petition - Repair and Re-open the Holland Street Bridge for Cyclists and Pedestrians(486 kb)

16 July 2012 Asset Management Committee

3.64 PETITION RESPONSE – SIR WILLIAM GOODMAN BRIDGE (CONNECTING MANTON STREET HINDMARSH TO HOLLAND STREET THEBARTON) (B6292)

Brief

This report responds to a Petition received at Item 5.9 of the Council Meeting 25 June 2012 requesting that the Sir William Goodman Bridge (common name Holland Street Bridge) is repaired and re‐opened. This report includes a response to Item 6.139 of the Council Meeting 25 July 2011 which requires a report to be received by the Asset Management Committee once a second opinion about the structural integrity of the bridge is completed.

Motion 1. That Council continue to develop a better understanding of risk and cost of the restoration of the Sir William Goodman Bridge.

Motion 2. That Council continue discussions with the City of West Torrens as joint owners of the bridge.

Motion 3. That a further report be received at the Asset Management Committee once the cost of undertaking the Preliminary Design has been determined.

Motion 4. That the Head Petitioner be advised of this decision. 2. 3. 4.

The whole report from the Agenda is available here.

3.64 Petition Response - sir William Goodman Bridge (connecting Manton Street Hindmarsh to Holland Street Thebarton)(3118 kb)

27 May 2013 Council

Brief

This report tables the project manager’s report about the trial restoration work undertaken on the Holland Street bridge (project name being Sir William Goodman Bridge) and recommends further discussion with the City of West Torrens about the bridge options before making a decision to proceed. The report also contains a request from Engineers Australia for the bridge to be included in its Engineering Heritage recognition Program and proposes formally naming the bridge. Again, the report recommends discussing these with the City of West Torrens before making a decision.

Motion 1. That Council note the contents of the project manager’s report about the restoration trial work and the view of the consultancy team that the bridge can be economically restored.

Motion 2. That Council note the City of West Torrens is seeking an independent peer review of the trial restoration, the reports and structural calculations before it in a position to discuss the option to restore the bridge. 

Motion 3. That Council note funding in the existing project budget for the bridge work is subject to funds being received through an Open Space Grant and from the City of West Torrens.

Motion  4. That Council note the request to support the nomination of the bridge for inclusion in the national Engineering Heritage Recognition Program from Engineers Australia. 

Motion 5. That Council note that the bridge has not been formally named and possible options for naming the bridge.6. That Council officers continue to work with officers of the City of West Torrens about these matters.

The whole report from the Agenda is available here.

Item 6.88 - Holland Street (Sir William Goodman Bridge) - Outcome of Preliminary Works - Appendices A, B, C, D, E and F - cl13-05-27 (2662 kb)

15 July 2013 Asset Management Committee

Brief

This report recommends that Council accept the offer of the City of West Torrens to transfer its 50% ownership of the Holland Street bridge (project name being Sir William Goodman Bridge) along with $800,000 and the Open Space Grant (applied amount being $675,000) to the City of Charles Sturt and that the restoration proceed. It also recommends supporting the nomination by the Engineers Australia for the bridge to be included in its Engineering Heritage recognition Program and seeks to commence procedures to formally name the bridge as the “Sir William Goodman Bridge”.

Motion 1. That Council note:

(a) The high level of confidence gained from the trial restoration that significant variation to structural and surface condition are unlikely.

(b) The advice of the Project Engineer that proposed restoration work can meet current standards for earthquake, wind, and flood design.

(c) The initial capital cost of restoration is less than constructing a new bridge that will make the same contribution to the visual amenity.

(d) The cost management plan for the restore

Motion 2. That Council endorse restoration of the whole bridge, by accepting the offer of the City of West Torrens to transfer its 50% ownership share of the bridge to the City of Charles Sturt, subject to:

(i) Payment of $800,000 (plus GST) to the City of Charles Sturt toward the cost of bridge work: and

(ii) Subject to the Open Space Grant in the order of the applied amount of $1,300,000 being received.

Motion 3. That Council support the nomination of the bridge for inclusion in the national Engineering Heritage Recognition Program and participate in the preparation and placing of an Engineering Heritage Marker at the site and an appropriate ceremony on a suitable date.

The whole report from the Agenda is available here.

Item 3.73 - Holland Street (Sir William Goodman Bridge) - Outcome of Preliminary Works - Appendix A (3043 kb)

Item 3.73 - Holland Street (Sir William Goodman Bridge) - Outcome of Preliminary Works - Appendix B (2484 kb)

Item 3.73 - Holland Street (Sir William Goodman Bridge) - Outcome of Preliminary Works - Appendix C (726 kb)

Item 3.73 - Holland Street (Sir William Goodman Bridge) - Outcome of Preliminary Works - Appendix E (833 kb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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