McKanne Bridge

McKanes Bridge upgrade

The NSW Government is planning to upgrade McKanes Bridge over Coxs River on McKanes Falls Road at South Bowenfels. The proposed work includes strengthening of the existing bridge with a safer, stronger and more reliable bridge while still preserving the heritage aspects of the original.

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McKanes Bridge is one of NSW's oldest timber truss bridges

The community is invited to have their say on the proposal to upgrade and restore McKanes Bridge in South Bowenfels near Lithgow.

The NSW Government is providing $10 million for the project to ensure the state heritage-listed timber-truss bridge continues to serve the community while reducing maintenance needs in the future.

The proposal includes replacing old timber elements with new timber and new heritage sympathetic materials to strengthen the bridge, while still retaining the appearance and design of the original bridge.

McKanes Bridge was built in 1893 and is one of only four remaining McDonald timber truss bridges in NSW. Its restoration would ensure one of the oldest examples of a McDonald timber truss bridge in NSW is conserved.

Roads and Maritime Services has prepared a review of environmental factors (REF) to determine the environmental and social impacts for the restoration work, which will be on display from 30 October to 20 November 2019.

The REF is on display at Lithgow City Council and Hampton Halfway Hotel Motel between 30 October and 20 November and explains the proposed restoration work involved and the proposed method to carry out the work.

To facilitate the upgrade of the bridge it is proposed McKanes Falls Road would be closed to traffic for about 12 months, with a detour in place via Jenolan Caves Road and the Great Western Highway. The detour is expected to add five minutes extra travel time.

The REF also addresses how the work will be managed and the proposed methods used to minimise environmental impacts on the local community.”

Members of the project team will be available to answer community questions about the REF and receive feedback during a drop-in session at Lithgow Plaza on Thursday 7 November between 12pm and 2pm and 4pm and 7pm, and at Old Hartley School Hall on Wednesday 13 November between 4pm and 7pm.

Feedback on the REF and design will be considered and a submissions report will be published. Once the REF is determined Roads and Maritime Services will complete the final design and prepare for construction.

Roads and Maritime Services will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses.

Project information

We are seeking feedback on the proposal to upgrade and restore McKanes Brudge in South Bowenfels near Litghow.

Feedback is welcome until 5pm on Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Submit your feedback via our survey.

  • Upgrade the existing bridge to allow safe use by vehicles up to general mass limit (GML) standard
  • Replace the existing timber side rails with a steel traffic barrier over the full length of the bridge
  • Restore the condition of the major structural bridge elements to original condition (by replacement or repair)
  • Preserve the heritage form of the bridge (truss type)
  • The upgrade design is to have as minimal a negative impact to heritage value as possible, while still achieving the above proposal objectives
  • Minimise operating costs of the bridge as far as possible while still achieving the proposal objectives.
  • Upgrading the structural capacity of the bridge
  • Retaining the original McDonald timber truss design
  • Upgrading critical structural elements of the bridge with superior and more durable elements
  • Upgrading the existing bridge to allow safe use by vehicles up to general mass limit (GML) standard.

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