Kline Street bridge receives an upgrade

Published on 29 March 2023

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Cessnock City Council is pleased to announce the commencement of works to upgrade the Kline Street bridge in Weston.

The upgrade will replace the existing timber bridge with a concrete bridge.

The process will involve the removal of the gas main from the existing bridge, relocation of the power poles, demolition of the existing bridge, construction of the new bridge, and roadworks.

The new concrete bridge will stand 1 metre higher than the previous bridge, which is expected to reduce the frequency of road closures due to flood inundation.

While upgrades are taking place, Kline Street between Swanson Street and Third Street will be closed to traffic for a period of up to 9 months. During this time, pedestrians and vehicles will be required to detour via the Fourth Street bridge.

Cessnock City Council Mayor Jay Suvaal is thanking the community for their patience while the upgrades take place, and is confident that the results will have a significantly positive impact for everyone.

“The severe load limit and speed road humps will soon be a thing of the past when the timber bridge is replaced with a modern concrete bridge.” Mayor Suvaal said.

“Not only will the new bridge be wider, it will also be constructed at a higher level to improve flood capacity.”

“The new bridge will mean that road closures and isolation for residents on the western side of Swamp Creek will be much less frequent.”

Onsite works for the project is expected to commence from 17 April, 2023.

This project is made possible thanks to the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Bridges Program ($1,750,000), Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program ($650,000) and Cessnock City Council ($1,120,000).