Detour allows for upgrade of McKanes Bridge

15 January 2021

The historic McKanes Bridge over the Cox River will be closed to traffic from Monday (January 18) as work on stage two of the $10 million upgrade of the bridge ramps up.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the NSW Government is investing in McKanes Bridge at South Bowenfels to ensure it remains safe and operational into the future.

"Once complete, the bridge will have a new deck and stronger supports while maintaining the heritage significance of the structure," Mr Toole said.

"Built in 1893, it is one of only four timber McDonald truss bridges that remain in NSW and its restoration will ensure the oldest example of a two-span McDonald truss bridge is conserved."

This includes dismantling and restoring existing bridge components that require repair, strengthening the existing truss with new steel and timber elements, strengthening the existing foundations with concrete, as well as final roadworks and landscaping.

"The bridge, which is located on McKanes Falls Road, will be closed to traffic with a detour in operation via Jenolan Caves Road and the Great Western Highway. This will add around five minutes to a journey," Mr Toole said.

Work will be carried out on weekdays from 7am to 6pm and some Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, weather permitting, with the full upgrade expected to be complete by late 2021, weather permitting.

Work will involve the use of machinery and every effort will be made to minimise noise by arranging the work in stages at different locations and turning off machinery when not in use.

Motorists should follow the direction of all traffic control and signs, including reduced speed limits.

For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit the Live Traffic NSW website or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

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