New England Highway Bridge Barrier Improvement Project – Liddell Deviation Bridge at Ravensworth

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JUL 2021

JUL 2021Work starting

Transport for NSW will carry out work on Liddell Deviation Bridge on the New England Highway at Ravensworth from Monday 19 July. Work will include installing steel beams on the bridge, demolition of the existing concrete barrier rail, widening of the existing bridge deck and the installation of new steel barrier rails.

Work will be carried out at night between 7pm and 5am from Monday to Thursday and is expected to be completed in about two weeks, weather permitting. Occasional day work may be carried out during this period.

Day work will be carried out after completion of night work. Work will be carried out underneath the bridge deck between 6am and 4.30pm from Monday to Friday and is expected to be completed in about one week, weather permitting.

From Monday 9 August, night work will be carried out between 7pm and 5am from Monday to Thursday, with bridge width restrictions in place. The bridge will be narrowed to seven metres. This width restriction will remain in place until maintenance work is completed in December 2021, weather permitting. Bridge restriction details can be found below.

 

Project information

The New England Highway bridge barrier improvement project will deliver safety upgrades to bridge barriers on four bridges on the New England Highway between Ravensworth and Liddell:

  • Liddell Deviation Bridge (B1334)
  • Bayswater Creek Bridge (B1335)
  • Patrick Plains Bridge (B1338)
  • Pikes Gully Bridge (B1337)

The bridge barriers were all built around 1966 with an old standard concrete traffic barrier and concrete end posts. The barriers have reached the end of their functional life and need to be upgraded to current safety standards.

The bridges will be widened as part of the barrier project to ensure there is safe width for heavy mining equipment which is transported along this section of the New Englan.

Highway, as well as improving traffic conditions for all road users by eliminating narrowing road sections.

The bridges range from 22 to 86 metres long and four are within a 7.2 kilometre section of the New England Highway between Ravensworth and Liddell.

It will take about four to six months to complete the barrier replacement and widening at each bridge, weather permitting. Lane width restrictions will be in place while work is carried out, with a temporary speed limit reduction.

The bridge barrier improvement project is expected to be completed by late-2022, with final stages of planning currently being carried out.

During night work, single lane closures with stop/slow arrangements and a reduced 40km/h speed limit will be in place. A reduced 60km/h speed limit will be in place outside of work hours with no change to lane width.

During day work, a reduced 60km/h speed limit will be in place during all times.

Oversize Overmass (OSOM) vehicle restrictions

On Monday 9 August, the bridge will be narrowed to 7 metres. During and outside work hours, loads over 7 metres must pass over the temporary concrete barriers which have a 1.4 metre clearance height. Loads unable to pass over the temporary concrete barriers are encouraged to plan their journeys and arrange an alternative route.

This width restriction will remain in place until work is completed in December 2021 weather permitting.

OSOM permit holders must contact our Senior Project Engineer, Mikhail Lyte, on 0408 268 088 at least five days before travel to arrange alternative access.

OSOM operators should contact our Team Leader, Brendon Bourke, on 0457 562 689 when approaching traffic control leading up to the closed lane during night work if assistance is required to safely pass through the site.

We will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact our Senior Project Engineer, Mikhail Lyte on 0408 268 088 or Mikhail.Lyte@transport.nsw.gov.au.

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