Finishing work around the new crossing of the Clarence River at Tabulam is nearly complete, with work to commemorate the old bridge to start in coming weeks.
Transport for NSW Director North Region Anna Zycki said motorists on the Bruxner Highway have been using the new bridge since it opened to traffic in September last year.
"This $48 million project is funded by the NSW Government's successful Bridges for the Bush program and helps ensure the safety of around 1300 vehicles which use this bridge each day, including heavy vehicles," Ms Zycki said.
"The Tabulam Bridge project created 40 full time jobs and supported 25 local suppliers and contractors while it was being completed."
Ms Zycki said the project team is using a section of the old bridge to build a viewing platform in a new park being built on the eastern side of the river.
"This area will include a raised platform built using a truss from the old bridge where people will be able to view that bridge's piers, which will remain in the Clarence River as a permanent memory of its many years of service to the community," Ms Zycki said.
"Community feedback was a vital part in the process of reusing the timber in this way, together with providing additional parking to complement the viewing area and selecting feature trees to provide more colour in the park.
"Transport for NSW will also install a sign featuring historic information about the old Tabulam Bridge, a sitting area and footpath.
"Other timber elements of the bridge have been supplied to Tabulam Public School, Casino Museum, and Tenterfield Shire and Kyogle Shire councils."
Work on the park area and landscaping is expected to start in April and take about three months to complete, weather permitting.