Gostwyck and Vacy Bridges maintenance

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out major maintenance work at Gostwyck Bridge on Dungog Road at Paterson. Major maintenance work on Vacy Bridge on Gresford Road at Vacy was completed in 2016.

Updates and announcements

The final stage of upgrade work to Gostwyck Bridge is expected to be completed in December 2016, weather permitting.

Major maintenance work includes concreting and steel repair work and is being carried out Monday to Friday, between 5pm and 4am. Some work activities may also be carried out during the day from Monday to Friday, between 6am and 5pm.

Work to resurface Gostwyck Bridge and stabilise the embankment will start after the concreting and steel repair work is completed. We will advise the community before this work begins.  More information is available in the June 2016 community notification (PDF, 72Kb).

Project background

Gostwyck Bridge was completed in 1928 and has heritage significance. It is a high-level structure over the Paterson River and is a representative example of a steel Pratt truss.

Completed in 1898, the Vacy Bridge is an early example of an Allan type timber truss road bridge. As a timber truss road bridge, it has strong associations with the expansion of the road network and economic activity throughout NSW and Percy Allan, the designer of this type of truss.

The upgraded bridges will help support the ongoing social and commercial development of Dungog and the Upper Hunter Region.

Key features

Work on Gostwyck Bridge will include strengthening, upgrading and repainting the bridge to help reduce future maintenance activities and bridge closures

Work on Vacy Bridge included replacing the bridge trusses and upgrading the bridge abutments and piers to strengthen the load capacity of the bridge and maintain access for heavy vehicles. The upgrade included the removal of the temporary bailey support structure and allowed for safe pedestrian use of the bridge.

Major maintenance work at Gostwyck Bridge is expected to be completed in December 2016, weather permitting.   

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime will provide information about the work to the community with as much prior notice as possible, through letters, roadside signage, updates on the Live Traffic NSW website, advertising and media activities.

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