Community drop-in session for Gillies Bridge refurbishment

Cessnock City Council will shortly be undertaking works to refurbish Gillies Bridge, Lovedale, to increase the life-span of the unique bridge and improve the safety of road users. 

Cessnock City Council will shortly be undertaking works to refurbish Gillies Bridge, Lovedale, to increase the life-span of the unique bridge and improve the safety of road users.  

Refurbishment works on the bridge are expected to commence next month and local residents and business owners are being invited to attend a community drop-in session on Tuesday 27 March at Pokolbin Community Hall to find out more about the project before works kick off.    

 Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent is encouraging residents to come along to Pokolbin Community Hall next Tuesday.  

“This community drop-in session is an opportunity for residents to have a conversation with Council officers about the project and get their questions answered.”  

The works being undertaken on the bridge include the replacement of the timber deck, stringers, top chords, timber vertical struts and rails.  

The structure of Gillies Bridge is an extremely unique heritage item, as it is one of only eight remaining de Burgh truss bridges in Australia.

The bridge design, by Ernest de Burgh who joined the NSW Public Works Department in 1895 introduced the new design in 1899.  

The drop-in session will be held from 4pm to 6pm at the Pokolbin Community Hall located at 128 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW.
To keep up to date with current works happening around our community visit  www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/roads/projects.

 3/21/2018