Gostwyck and Vacy Bridges maintenance

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out major maintenance work at Gostwyck Bridge on Dungog Road, Paterson and Vacy Bridge on Gresford Road, Vacy.

Updates and announcements

Work has been delayed at Gostwyck and Vacy Bridge while inspections and repairs are carried out following the April 2015 storm event. Work at Vacy Bridge is expected to be completed by the end of August 2015. Gostwyck Bridge painting is expected to be completed by the end of December 2015 with minor maintenance to continue until early 2016. More information is available in the July 2015 community notification (PDF, 52Kb).

Work has been delayed at Gostwyck and Vacy Bridge while inspections and repairs are carried out following the April 2015 storm event. Work at Vacy Bridge is expected to be completed by the end of August 2015. Gostwyck Bridge painting is expected to be completed by the end of December 2015 with minor maintenance to continue until early 2016. More information is available in the July 2015 community notification.

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.

When completed the bridges will help support the ongoing social and commercial development of Dungog and the Upper Hunter Region. The NSW Government is providing $3.7 million for the upgrades.

Key features

The upgrade of Gostwyck Bridge is being carried out in conjunction with the Vacy Bridge upgrade to ensure that motorists and pedestrians are provided with alternative routes during these important works.

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 will involve 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 will enable the removal of the temporary bailey support structure and reinstate safe pedestrian use of the bridge.

Work at both upgrades is expected to be completed in 2015, 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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