McKanes Bridge

McKanes Bridge upgrade

The NSW Government is upgrading the McKanes Bridge over Coxs River on McKanes Falls Road at South Bowenfels. The work includes replacement of the existing bridge with a safer, stronger and more reliable bridge which still has the appearance and heritage aspects of the original.

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AUG 2022

AUG 2022Work nearing completion

Work on McKanes Bridge over Coxs River at South Bowenfels is nearing completion. This project started in May 2020 and is expected to be open to traffic in November 2022, weather permitting.

Project information

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

The NSW Government has provided $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 upgrade 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.

The first stage of work started on May 11, 2020 and the second stage of the work started on January 18, 2021.

The full upgrade is expected to be complete in November 2022, weather permitting.

  • 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.

Project documents

Project notifications

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September 2022 project notification

Work continues on McKanes Bridge to reopen to traffic in November

November 2021 project notification

Extended work hours at McKanes Bridge at South Bowenfels from Saturday 21 November 2021.


Media releases

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March 2021

McKanes Bridge upgrade in South Bowenfels

January 2021

Detour allows for upgrade of McKanes Bridge

12 May 2020

Restoration starts on 127-year-old McKanes Bridge

22 April 2020

McKanes Bridge upgrade moving ahead



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