The NSW Government is investing in essential maintenance to maintain the structural integrity of Dawson River Bridge and to reduce future maintenance costs.
FEB 2021Have your say
Transport for NSW is seeking feedback on the scheduling of painting and maintenance work relating to several bridge closures that are required as part of this project to maintain the structural integrity of Dawson River Bridge and to reduce future maintenance costs.More information
Proposed work would include repairing and repainting the existing steel on the bridge and concrete repairs. The scope of work involves replacing and repairing steel elements on the bridge, encapsulating each span on the bridge to remove and dispose of existing paint and applying three coats of new paint. Further information about the proposal and detour map can be found in the February 2021 notification (PDF, 475Kb).
Community members are invited to provide feedback on the proposal by Sunday 28 February to our Project Manager, Michael Rheinberger at email@example.com or Michael Rheinberger, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030 Newcastle NSW 2300.
The proposed painting and maintenance work would be carried out in stages.
The first stage involves early preparation work and would occur during March and early April. Work would include establishing a site compound near the bridge and intermittent day and night work.
The second stage of work involves preparation for the painting project, including repairs to the steel truss, replacing the overhead bracing along the full length of the bridge and bird proofing activities. This work would commence in mid-April and would take a minimum of two months to complete. During this stage of the work, single lane closures, traffic control and reduced speed limits will be in place during work hours.
During May, two weeks of work involving full bridge closures at night will be required, with detours in place. In June, one week of work involving full bridge closures at night will be required, with detours in place. The dates for these closures will be confirmed closer to the date. Due to high volumes of traffic on the bridge during the day, work on the bridge would be carried out at night Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am to minimise disruption to motorists. A noise assessment of the proposed work is currently being undertaken and appropriate respite between the periods of night work would be provided.
The final stage of work involves painting the bridge and will commence in mid-2021. This work would continue on from the initial stages of the project and is expected to be completed by mid-2022. The work hours would be consistent with the first stages of the project. Again due to high volumes of traffic on the bridge during the day, work would be carried out at night Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am to minimise disruption to motorists. A noise assessment of the proposed work is currently being undertaken and appropriate respite between the periods of night work would be provided.
During this stage of the work the bridge would remain open during the work with changed traffic conditions in place including single lane closures and reduced speed limits. Traffic control would be in place to direct motorists.
A temporary 40km/h speed limit would be in place during the work and motorists may experience short delays.
There would be some noise impacts associated with the work, however every effort would be made to minimise these impacts on nearby residents and businesses.
Some of the proposed work to repair and replace steel bracing requires closing the bridge to traffic to ensure the safety of workers and motorists.
A schedule has been developed for the bridge closures which aims to minimise inconvenience to motorists and community.
It is proposed to carry out the full bridge closures from Sunday to Thursday nights, 10pm – 5am, which is the least disruptive time for motorists and the community.
During the closures, a detour would be in place via Cundletown and the Pacific Highway as shown in the map below, which would add up to 20 kilometres or around 20 minutes travel time.
We will consider the feedback received from the community on the proposed painting and maintenance project.
We will continue to keep the community informed as planning progresses.
For further information about this project contact:
Phone: (02) 4908 7840 (business hours – Project Manager, Michael Rheinberger)