A major restoration of the historic Dalgety Bridge is beginning this week.
The much needed work will include a complete replacement of the bridge deck plus improvements to the ends of the bridge and its timber supports.
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the restoration would ensure the historic significance of the bridge was maintained and future maintenance costs were reduced.
"The NSW government has provided $4.5 million to upgrade this important bridge which crosses the Snowy River on the Jindabyne - Dalgety Road about 40 kilometres west of Cooma," Mr Barilaro said.
Roads and Maritime Services has undertaken significant consultation with the Snowy River Shire Council and the Dalgety community to reach agreement on rehabilitation work and ensure this picturesque bridge serves the community well into the future.
Roads and Maritime will start work, including the relocation of Dalgety Stockyards on Wednesday January 15, weather permitting.
Work on the bridge piers and supports is planned to start in February and will require occasional bridge closures in early March.
The project is expected to take around 14 months to complete.
"We recognise the impact this work will have on locals and visitors and we thank them for their patience," Mr Barilaro said.
"Motorists are advised to plan their journey, allow extra travel time and follow all signs and the direction of traffic controllers."
Dalgety Bridge, which is known locally as Buckley's Crossing Bridge is part of a series of 18 iron lattice truss road bridges built between 1881 and 1893, all of which were designed by the Public Works Department bridge designer John A McDonald.