Windsor Bridge replacement

The NSW Government is funding this project to help improve traffic flow and provide a reliable and safe crossing of the Hawkesbury River.

Windsor Bridge

Updates and announcements

We are continuing with the archaeological testing program to inform the Strategic Conservation Management Plan for the project. The program includes digging test pits in various locations within the project area to locate and assess Aboriginal and historic heritage artefacts.

This archaeological testing program started on Wednesday 17 August and will take about three months to complete, weather permitting. Our working hours are from 7am to 6pm, Mondays to Fridays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

View the Archaeological testing program page for more information and updates about the program.

Project background

Originally built for horse-drawn vehicles and foot traffic in 1874, Windsor Bridge is now used by up to 19,000 vehicles every day. The existing structure has deteriorated and no longer meets current road design standards so it needs to be replaced.

Roads and Maritime investigated a number of different options including repairing and replacing the bridge. We found restoration of the existing structure would only add a limited period to the life of the bridge before additional costly repairs or replacement would be needed.

Community consultation on the project began in 2009 and has continued throughout the development process. We have considered the issues raised during consultation together with environmental and heritage studies in finalising the design.

View the questions and answers document for more information about the project.

Key features

Key features of the project include:

  • A new bridge with two lanes 35 metres downstream of the existing Windsor Bridge
  • New approach roads and intersections to connect the new bridge to the existing road network
  • New traffic lights with pedestrian facilities at the intersection of Bridge Street and George Street
  • Modifications to local roads and access arrangements, including changes to the Macquarie Park access road and reconnection of The Terrace
  • A new dual lane roundabout at the intersection of Wilberforce Street and Freemans Reach Road
  • A pedestrian and cyclist facilities, including a shared path for access to and across the new bridge
  • Removal and backfill of the existing bridge approach roads
  • Removal of the existing bridge once the new bridge is operational
  • Landscaping and urban design work, including within the Thompson Square parkland area and adjacent to the northern intersection of Wilberforce Road, Freemans Reach Road and the Macquarie Park access road.

Project benefits

Key benefits of the project include:

  • Improved safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists from a new, reliable bridge
  • Improved traffic flow from a bridge that allows two-way heavy vehicle traffic and shoulders for vehicle breakdowns
  • Upgrading an essential local and regional road link across the Hawkesbury River at Windsor
  • Improved traffic efficiency by installing traffic lights at the intersection of Bridge and George Streets and a new dual-lane roundabout at Freemans Reach Road and Wilberforce Road
  • A new bridge that can cope with higher levels of flooding
  • Better access for pedestrians and cyclists from a three metre wide shared pedestrian and cycle path that provides safe, efficient connections to Thompson Square and surrounds
  • Reduced road footprint within the Thompson Square heritage precinct
  • A unified open space in Thompson Square increasing the usable area in the square by more than 500 square metres with direct access to the river.

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime has carried out extensive consultation with the community and stakeholders since the project was announced in 2008. We have used a number of different methods to keep the community informed including project update newsletters, letterbox drops, newspaper advertisements, community information sessions and meetings, website updates, shopping centre displays and doorknocking.

Feedback was first invited from the community in July 2009 when nine different options were displayed for comment. Following the announcement of the preferred option in August 2011, further feedback was invited from the community to inform the concept design.

A third consultation period was carried out in November and December 2012 with the display of the concept design and environmental impact statement. We prepared a submissions report outlining the submissions received and our responses.

We will invite further feedback from the community in mid-2016 on proposed urban design and landscaping for the project.

Next steps

From April 2016, environmental and heritage specialists will start to carry out important archaeological investigations, archival recording and environmental monitoring activities to meet our conditions of approval and inform the detailed design.

In late 2016, Roads and Maritime will invite feedback from the community and stakeholders on proposed urban design and landscaping for the project.

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