Lansdowne Bridge was included in the state wide Timber Truss strategy in 2011 and at the time of public display was marked for retention.
During the consultation period, an extensive submission was received from Goulburn Mulwaree Council requesting a new bridge be built. After discussions with council and the consideration of a range of other factors including safety, maintenance and future bridge requirements, Roads and Maritime now plans to build a new bridge at Lansdowne and remove the old bridge.
This change to the strategy for Lansdowne Bridge has been endorsed by the NSW Heritage Council. Lansdowne Bridge is a de Burgh truss bridge and Roads and Maritime recognises the importance of retaining this style of bridge for historical purposes and has committed to retaining several other examples across the state.
A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was displayed for community comment, assessing the potential impacts of the proposed design and identifying mitigation activities. This included obtaining approval from the Office of Environment and Heritage for the environmental impacts of the design on neighbouring heritage properties, and ensuring the project impacts are managed and met.
A total of 32 submissions were received while the REF was on display, with the majority of comments relating to the closure of Forbes Street and support for the new bridge. We considered this feedback from the community and Goulburn Mulwaree Council on the concept design and have retained access between Bungonia Road and Forbes Street to the east of the bridge.
We thank everyone who reviewed the document and provided feedback. We have now determined the REF for the bridge replacement option.
The REF submissions report has been published and summarises the comments, responses and details of the decision. The submissions report and REF can be viewed in project documents page.
View the bridge replacement option.
Lansdowne Bridge was closed permanently to road users in July 2016 until the new replacement bridge is built. The closure was required to ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Engineering assessments determined repairing and reopening the old bridge was not a viable option due to the extent of repair work required and ongoing maintenance costs.