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
Artist's impression of the new Windsor Bridge, looking south

Updates and announcements

Major work is continuing on the new Windsor Bridge. Information about the work to be carried out in December 2018 and January 2019 can be found in the latest notification:

Archaeological work

Archaeologists carrying out the earlier archaeological salvage work found several items of colonial and Aboriginal historical significance. These items included Aboriginal stone tools, non-Aboriginal artefacts (ceramics, bottles, bricks etc), and the remains of the brick drainage system, estimated to be built in the early 1800s.

The drainage system the archaeologists uncovered includes a long circular brick drain about 1.5m in diameter and three brick box drains, closer to the surface, which formerly connected to the barrel drain.

For further information, please refer to the Conservation and Heritage page.

Brick barrel drain preservation

Due to the historical significance of the brick barrel drain, Roads and Maritime is committed to protecting this heritage item. We have revised the bridge design to protect and preserve the barrel drain in place. We are working closely with heritage experts to determine the best way to interpret and document the brick barrel drain for future generations.

Box Drain Salvage

Archival recording of the three brick box drains was completed in early 2018. In August 2018 archaeologists commenced salvage of the box drains. Expert conservators have identified a sample one metre section of drain and have carefully recorded and dismantled the bricks for future interpretation. Please view or download the box drain salvage notification (PDF, 388Kb).

Archaeologists have also dismantled other sections of the drain by hand. In some instances the quality of the bricks were variable with some sections being under fired and these crumble. However, the majority of the bricks have been recovered and these have been taken offsite and placed into a heritage storage facility.

Future Interpretation and Consultation

A pre-construction interpretation plan has been developed and is on the project website. Roads and Maritime is in the process of developing the final interpretation plan which will involve consultation with community and stakeholder groups including Windsor Regional Museum, historic societies and the community.

We are currently working closely with heritage experts to determine the best way to interpret and document the brick drains and other heritage items for future generations. We are considering the following heritage interpretation options:

  • Videography and photography
  • Displays in the Regional Museum or historic society
  • Artistic impressions and drawings
  • Documenting stories and folklore

Next steps

Construction work will pause during the holidays. Traffic management will remain in place for the safety of road users and the community. During the break, please contact 1800 983 657 to report any urgent issues.

Our last working day for the year will be Saturday 22 December 2018, and we will be back on site from Monday, 7 January 2019.

We would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very happy and safe holiday season.

Video - Windsor Bridge archaeological finds



 

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About the project

Community engagement

Conservation and heritage

Urban Design and Lanscape Plan

Why does Windsor need a new bridge?

Project documents

Photo gallery

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