• Draft Climate Change Policy to go on public exhibition
    In an effort to address the changing climate affecting the Cessnock Local Government Area, Council has developed a draft Climate Change Policy. The community are encouraged to provide feedback on the Policy during the public exhibition period. The draft Climate Change Policy will be on public exhibition from the 26 February until the 25 March 2020. 
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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
Abbotsford Bridge Abbotsford Street, BELLBIRD CLOSED
Fosters Bridge Sandy Creek Road, QUORROBOLONG 20t
Paynes Crossing Bridge Paynes Crossing Road, PAYNES CROSSING 6t
Hunter Street Bridge Hunter Street, GRETA 3t
Anvil Creek Bridge Nelson Street, GRETA Single Axle - 7t
Tandem Axle - 13t
Tri-Axle - 16t
Wilderness Road #2 Bridge/Gillies Bridge
Wilderness Road, LOVEDALE 25t
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 

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

Understanding Per Axle Load Limit Signage 

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.