Windsor Bridge replacement
Windsor Bridge is the oldest existing crossing on the Hawkesbury River. Built in 1874 for horse-drawn vehicles and foot traffic, it now carries 19,000 vehicles a day.
The bridge no longer meets current design and safety standards.
To continue to thrive, Windsor must have a reliable and safe crossing of the Hawkesbury River that meets future business, tourism and local community needs.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is working with the community and stakeholders to plan a replacement bridge that honours the unique heritage and history of the town, while equipping Windsor for the future.
Environmental Impact Statement exhibition
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is seeking project approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure for the Windsor Bridge replacement project. The project is being assessed as State Significant Infrastructure under Part 5.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was on public exhibition until Monday 17 December 2012.
The EIS addressed key issues identified in the Director-General's requirements (DGR's) such as European and Aboriginal heritage, urban design and visual impact, socio-economic impact, traffic, noise and vibration.
The project design and EIS has taken into account issues raised by the community, government agencies and other interested parties.
RMS has prepared a submissions report incorporating a preferred infrastructure report that responds to the issues raised. This report includes proposed changes to the project, including proposed changes in response to submissions.
The following project design changes are proposed and have been assessed in the submissions report:
- Increasing the clearance of the new bridge over The Terrace from 3.6 metres to 4.6 metres to allow large coaches to directly access Windsor Wharf.
- Changes in bridge pier location.
- Additional properties requiring noise mitigation, including heritage properties.Additional investigations include:
- additional heritage investigations.
- more detailed flooding investigations.
- the feasibility of refurbishing the existing Windsor Bridge.
- potential impacts, feasibility and costs of the alternative Rickabys Line option proposed by ex-RMS bridge engineers, which would partially bypass Windsor to the west.
- detailed examination of options for archaeological investigation of Thompson Square prior to construction commencing.
The submissions report has been provided to the DP&I.
Questions & Answers
Questions and Answers - May 2013 (PDF, 100KB)