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Bridges

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 14 bridges for the safety of residents and visitors.  The following bridges have tonnage restrictions in place.

Asset Name Segment/Group Name Level 3 Load Limit
Bellbird Abbotsford Bridge CLOSED
Cessnock McFarlane St Bridge Temp CLOSURE 16-27Jan 2017
Quorrobolong Fosters Bridge 20t
Laguna Milson Arm Bridge 15t
Laguna Watagan Creek #1 Bridge Single Axle - 8t
Tandem Axle - 15t
Tri-Axle - 19t
Paynes Crossing Paynes Crossing Bridge  6t
Paynes Crossing Stockyard Creek Bridge Single Axle - 6t
Tandem Axle - 12t
Tri-Axle - 14t
Greta Hunter Street Bridge 3t
Greta Anvil Creek Bridge            Single Axle - 7t
Tandem Axle - 13t
Tri-Axle - 16t
Rothbury Wilderness Road #2 Bridge 15t

Load limits are placed on roads and bridges to limit use by vehicles over a certain tonnage to help preserve structural integrity.

Further bridge inspections are scheduled to commence in mid-December which may result in a load limit requirement for the following bridges:  

 Bridge Name                                                             Location
 Henderson Avenue Bridge Henderson Avenue, Cessnock
 Kline Street Bridge Kline Street, Weston
 Westcott Street Bridge Westcott Street, Cessnock
 Mitchell Avenue Bridge Mitchell Avenue, Kurri Kurri
 Wyndham Street Bridge Wyndham Street, Greta
 Doyle Street Bridge Doyle Street, Cessnock
 Ferguson Street Bridge Ferguson Street, Cessnock
 Bathurst Street Bridge Bathurst Street, Abermain
 Sandy Creek Road #4 Culvert Sandy Creek  Road, Quorrobolong
 Whitebridge Road Culvert Whitebridge Road, Mulbring

 

This is scheduled to take approx. 5 weeks finishing in January 2017, weather and site conditions permitting.  

Level 3 bridge inspections with load capacity assessments are provided by external specialist bridge consulting engineers who are engaged as required, to provide a more detailed assessment of the structural components of the bridge and to identify the need or otherwise for load limits to be imposed.  The result of these inspections are not yet known, however load limits may result from the inspections.

 It should be noted that if Council receives advice from the consultant indicating the requirement of a load limit on any of the above mentioned bridges 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.  

All bridges will remain open while the inspections are taking place.

Should the work require closure, residents will be consulted further.