Following a recent inspection of Whitings Bridge on Quorrobolong Road, south of Kitchener, a load limit of four tonnes has been applied by Cessnock City Council.
"The reason for the load limit is that a number of the timber supports were found to have lost some of their structural integrity," Group Leader Community Services Waid Crockett explained.
"Unfortunately this new limit will affect heavy vehicles that travel along Quorrobolong Road, but it will have no impact and is safe for light vehicle users of the road," Mr Crockett said. "All regular users of Quorrobolong Road, such as emergency services and bus companies have been informed of the change."
Immediate short term repair works on Whitings Bridge are currently being investigated and will be carried out as soon as possible, including an all vehicle detour to negate the current access problems.
"Council staff are working hard to find a quick but long term solution to the access problem in the area," Mr Crockett said. "We are investigating all avenues including the reprioritisation of our works program and sourcing additional funding and we ask that the community understand that we are doing everything in our power to fix this situation."