The NSW Government is providing $250,000 to investigate options for replacing Paytens Bridge with a new concrete bridge. The bridge is located over the Lachlan River on Paytens Bridge Road, 11 kilometres south west of Eugowra.
Paytens Bridge was built in 1926 and has 10 spans, consisting of eight timber girder approach spans and two timber Allan truss spans.
The bridge doesn’t meet modern design standards and is not suitable for use by modern day heavy vehicles with heavy Higher Mass Limit (HML) loads.
Paytens Bridge is the only bridge crossing of the Lachlan River between Forbes and Gooloogong. If the bridge needs to be closed for maintenance, customers are faced with a 48 kilometre detour to travel from one side of the bridge to the other.
To address the deficiencies of the existing timber bridge and improve freight access, Paytens Bridge has been identified for replacement with a new bridge.
The bridge was on the list of NSW timber truss bridges to be preserved but after a review of the conservation list of bridges in 2019, the bridge will be removed and replaced with a new concrete bridge which will increase load capacity, improve wide vehicle access, improve safety and reduce ongoing maintenance costs.
- Longer lasting, stronger bridge with a smoother ride.
- Improving road user safety through wider travel lanes and improved road approaches.
- Reduced ongoing maintenance costs.
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