The wooden creek bridge at right was deteriorating due to screws corroding, moss and lichen growth on the timber and the general effects of weathering over the years. Most of the screws securing the foot planks of the creek bridge had almost corroded away leaving many of the planks loose and unsafe. It was going to take more than a cosmetic coat of paint to make it look any good.
Restoration of the creek bridge
The creek bridge was completely dismantled for the restoration and each piece was individually cleaned, filled, sealed and painted. Located in a very damp location, with the likelihood of future submersion through flooding, the main support poles were treated with water repellent to offer further protection. To prevent future corrosion of the securing screws all wooden parts were secured on reassembly with stainless steel decking screws. For additional protection all screws heads were filled and sanded to eliminate recesses for water to accumulate in the bridge structure.
Not long after the restoration all the preventative measures done to the bridge to ensure a long, maintenance free life were put to the test during some heavy rain.