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|
|Cessnock||McFarlane St Bridge||Temp CLOSURE 16-27Jan 2017|
|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:
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.