Cessnock City Council (CCC) is responsible for seventy four (74) vehicular bridges and fifty nine (59) major culverts across the Local Government Area.
Bridges are an integral part of the roads and transport network. They connect many pedestrian, bike and vehicle paths.
The 74 bridges fall into three categories. These are:
Major bridges: bridges and other suspended structures, such as suspended decks and ramps.
Major culverts: stormwater culverts.
Minor structures: bridges, culverts and other suspended structures that are generally minor in dimension, and may cover boardwalks and stairways, with a cross-sectional area of less than three square metres spanned by the structure.
There are also other bridges, culverts and suspended structures within Cessnock Local Government Area whose maintenance responsibility lies with other agencies.
Of the bridges, 57% or 42 bridges are timber.
Following extensive inspections and analysis of a number of bridges within the municipality, Council has implemented load limits on 15 bridges and culverts for the safety of residents and visitors. The following bridges have tonnage restrictions in place.
|Asset Name||Segment/Group Name||Level 3 Load Limit|
|Laguna||Milson Arm Bridge||15t|
|Paynes Crossing||Paynes Crossing Bridge||6t|
|Greta||Hunter Street Bridge||3t|
|Greta||Anvil Creek Bridge||Single Axle - 7t|
|Tandem Axle - 13t|
|Tri-Axle - 16t|
|Rothbury||Wilderness Road #2 Bridge||15t|
|Henderson Avenue Bridge||Henderson Avenue, CESSNOCK||14t|
|Kline Street Bridge||Kline Street, WESTON||14t|
|Westcott Street Bridge||Westcott Street, CESSNOCK||12t|
|Doyle Street Bridge||Doyle Street, CESSNOCK||14t|
|Ferguson Street Bridge||Ferguson Street, CESSNOCK||15t|
|Bathurst Street Bridge||Bathurst Street, ABERMAIN||18t|
|Sandy Creek Rd #4 Culvert||Sandy Creek Road, QUORROBOLONG||15t|
|Whitebridge Road Culvert||Whitebridge Road, MULBRING||6t|
Load limits are placed on roads and bridges to limit use by vehicles over a certain tonnage to help preserve structural integrity.
When required Council engage external specialist bridge consulting engineers, to undertake Level 3 bridge inspections with load capacity assessments. These assessments provide a more detailed assessment of the structural components of the bridge and identify the need or otherwise for load limits to be imposed. When Council receives advice from the consultant indicating the requirement of a load limit on any bridge, the load limit signage will be installed as soon as possible, and residents notified by mail.
These inspections are used to inform the bridge maintenance program (heavy maintenance) and for identification and prioritisation of Council’s Bridge Construction Program.