Muswellbrook - Kayuga Bridge

Kayuga Bridge is an iron lattice bridge over the Hunter River at Muswellbrook. The bridge has nine timber approach spans. Roads and Maritime Services is planning to start essential maintenance work on the bridge in early July 2016.

Kayuga Bridge, Muswellbrook
Kayuga Bridge, Muswellbrook

Updates and announcements

The NSW Government is providing $1.3 million in 2016/17 to carry out work to improve the strength and capacity of the bridge.

The first stage of work started in early July 2016 and was completed in September 2016

Roads and Maritime will to return to the site in late November 2016 to complete the second stage of work which involves replacing timber decking and support structures under the bridge.Work will be carried out Monday to Friday between 6am and 5pm. Some work will need to be carried out on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm. Work is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017, weather permitting,

For the safety of workers and road users temporary changed traffic changes including lane closures and a reduced 40 km/h speed limit will be in place while work is carried out.

A bridge closure is required for up to five days to complete the work and will be scheduled in consideration of community feedback received in February 2016. Detours will be in place via Kayuga Road and Blairmore Lane to the north or via Wybong and Bengalla Road through Bengalla to the south.

Roads and Maritime will inform the community in advance about timeframes of the bridge closure and thanks the community for its patience while this important work is carried out.

Project overview

Work on the bridge will include:

  • Replacing all timber longitudinal and transverse decking on approach spans (stage 1) and truss spans (stage 2) with bridge wood and providing wearing course/seal to protect the bridge wood
  • Replacing kerb and kingposts and repairing and painting timber handrails
  • Replacing timber girders where required
  • Upgrading existing supports and adding two additional supports on each timber bridge approach span.

Project objectives

The work is required to meet current bridge standards and address maintenance needs.

Community engagement

Regular updates about the project, including confirmed bridge closure dates and detour routes, will be provided to the local community as the project progresses.

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