Construction starts on Frame Drive Bridge

Cessnock City Council is pleased to announce construction of the replacement of Frame Drive Bridge, Abermain has commenced.

Cessnock City Council is pleased to announce construction of the replacement of Frame Drive Bridge, Abermain has commenced.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said this day has been long awaited for Council and the entire community.  

“I am extremely pleased to have attended the official sod turning marking the commencement of work on this important piece of infrastructure”.  

“It is very satisfying to see the successful demolition of the old timber structure and I look forward to the ribbon cutting on the new concrete bridge in the not too distant future”.  

“The community have understandably been frustrated however the wait is nearly over and Council are delivering the community with a new bridge which will have an open load limit, two way travel and pedestrian walkways on both sides”, Cr Pynsent said.  

The demolition works occurred on Thursday 20 October with a crane used to remove the concrete slabs and an excavator used to dismantle the remaining structure.  

Building the new bridge is a complex process which will involve installing steels piles into rock to provide a suitable foundation, and then building reinforced concrete piers, girders and deck to form the bridge. Residents seeking updates and information on the construction progress should head to www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/works.  

Funding was set aside in Council’s 2015/16 Budget to undertake investigation and preliminary design works to have the project shovel ready. This initiative helped Council secure essential funding through the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme Round Two.  

24 October 2016