Williams Bridge to be restored for another 100 years

Williams Bridge on Paynes Crossing Road, Wollombi has now been dismantled and removed to make way for the new reinforced concrete bridge over Wollombi Brook.

Williams Bridge on Paynes Crossing Road, Wollombi has now been dismantled and removed to make way for the new reinforced concrete bridge over Wollombi Brook.

Work has commenced on site, with the bridge replacement expected to be completed and open to traffic on 29 April 2016, weather permitting.  

Council’s Design Delivery Manager Katrina Kerr said significant deterioration of the bridge had resulted in the implementation of a five tonne load limit and a 40km/h speed restriction.  

“A decision was made to accelerate Williams Bridge for replacement due to the restricted access—particularly for emergency vehicles to this remote area,” Ms Kerr said.  

“New reinforced concrete elements for the replacement bridge have been precast in quality controlled conditions to ensure a 100 year lifespan for the new bridge.”  

The new bridge elements will be transported to the site and craned into position.    

This construction method allows for the 33m long bridge to be erected in minimal time.  

A full detour via Cessnock is in place for the duration of the replacement works to ensure affected residents have access to their properties during the works.  

Visitors and residents are advised to follow temporary signage and allow additional travel time.  

For a full program of current works, please visit our website.

13 April 2016