Thursday, April 25, 2024

Lifeline for 70-year-old Lithgow bridge


After more than 70 years of service, Lithgow’s Charles Street Bridge is being replaced with a brand-new concrete alternative.

Lithgow City Council has awarded Central Industries the contract for the demolition and reconstruction of the Bridge, which crosses Solitary Creek to connect properties west of the bridge to the rest of the community.

The project links to a series of works to replace country bridges across the city. The Council has already replaced three timber bridges with dual-lane concrete bridges along Glen Davis Road over the past two years at Airly, Coco and Crown Creeks.

“The replacement of outdated wooden bridges will dramatically improve the driving experience of the residents who live in our villages and open up new opportunities for visitors using our roads to explore the Seven Valleys region,” said Mayor, Maree Statham.

The replacement of the Charles Street Bridge is expected to commence in June and the bridge will be open in late 2024. While construction takes place a temporary bridge will be placed on adjacent properties on the north side of the bridge to serve as a detour.

The temporary bridge will be weight rated up to 15 tonnes, which will allow larger trucks including the Council waste service truck to access the road.

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