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,” 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.”
Bridge components will be dismantled and restored which will strengthen the existing truss with new steel and timber elements. The concrete foundations will also be strengthened along with roadworks and landscaping for the bridge surrounds.
“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,” Toole said.
The full upgrade is expected to be complete by late 2021, weather permitting.