Council staff go the extra mile to reopen Cedar Creek Bridge

Construction works to replace major structural components of Cedar Creek Bridge have been completed earlier than expected, with the bridge reopened to traffic four days earlier than scheduled. 

Construction works to replace major structural components of Cedar Creek Bridge have been completed earlier than expected, with the bridge reopened to traffic four days earlier than scheduled.

Two Council crews worked for 24 hours a day to undertake the works required due to extensive deterioration to the corbels, girders and deck planks.   

Council’s Director of Works and Infrastructure Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said the works have resulted in the six tonne load limit being removed, restoring access for residents and heavy vehicles.  

“Our staff banded together and really went above and beyond to ensure this work was carried out in the shortest timeframe possible and with minimal impact on residents and surrounding properties,” Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said.  

“A pedestrian walk bridge was maintained to enable access across the bridge throughout the works, and a shuttle bus was made available to transport residents to and from their properties.”  

Issues of transport and water requirements were discussed with residents ahead of the project commencement to ensure their needs were catered for as best as possible.   

Cedar Creek Bridge is located north west of Wollombi Road and is one of 74 bridge assets in the Cessnock local government area.  

Council would like to thank residents for working together with Council staff to find the most workable solutions to maintain access and minimise disruption during this time.

30 May 2016