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

Please refer to the following updates for the latest news:

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 are also dismantling other sections at the drain by hand. In some instances the quality of the bricks are variable with some sections being under fired and these crumble. However, the majority of the bricks can be recovered and these are being placed on pallets and will be 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 many stakeholder groups including Windsor Regional Museum as well as historic societies and community in the wider region.

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

In the coming weeks, you may see some activity on the site. This is due to the site establishment work that will be undertaken by Georgiou, as well as maritime archaeological investigations. During this time, we will continue to keep the community updated about any potential impact to traffic or access.

Video - Windsor Bridge archaeological finds



 

In this section...

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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