Gostwyck and Vacy Bridges maintenance

Roads and Maritime Services has completed major maintenance work at Gostwyck Bridge on Dungog Road at Paterson and Vacy Bridge on Gresford Road at Vacy.

Updates and announcements

The NSW Government invested $1.25 million in 2016/17 to paint and rehabilitate the historic Gostwyck Bridge

The final stage of upgrade work has been completed on Gostwyck Bridge, including concrete and steel repairs.

Roads and Maritime Services will return to the bridge in mid 2017 to carry out maintenance work including resurfacing the bridge deck and embankment stabilisation work. The community will be notified before this work begins.

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 was completed in January 2017 and included strengthening, upgrading and repainting the bridge to help reduce future maintenance activities and bridge closures

Work on Vacy Bridge was completed in 2016 and 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.

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