The community is invited to have their say on a proposal to upgrade and restore McKanes Bridge in South Bowenfels near Lithgow.
Minister for Regional Roads and Transport and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the NSW Government is providing $10 million for the project to ensure the beautiful timber-truss bridge continues to serve the community and maintain its heritage appearance.
“I know the community of Lithgow loves this bridge and wants to see it restored properly for generations to come. That’s why we’re going out to the community for their feedback on the proposed upgrade, so that they can be a part of this project,” Mr Toole said.
“McKanes Bridge was built in 1893 and is one of only four remaining McDonald timber truss bridges in NSW. Its restoration would ensure one of the oldest examples of a McDonald timber truss bridge in NSW is conserved.
“The bridge also provides a vital link between Jenolan Caves Road and the Great Western Highway for both locals and tourists. As the local Member and the Minister responsible, I’m really happy that we’re delivering this project for the community of Lithgow.”
Transport for NSW has prepared a review of environmental factors (REF) to determine the environmental and social impacts for the restoration work, which is now on display for community information and comment.
Mr Toole said the REF is on display at Lithgow City Council and Hampton Halfway Hotel Motel between 30 October and 20 November and explains the proposed restoration work involved and how it would be done.
“I encourage the community to get down to their local display, take a look and give us their feedback,” Mr Toole said.
To facilitate the upgrade of the bridge it is proposed McKanes Falls Road would be closed to traffic for about 12 months, with a detour in place via Jenolan Caves Road and the Great Western Highway. The detour is expected to add five minutes extra travel time.
Members of the project team will be available to answer community questions about the REF and receive feedback during a drop-in session at Lithgow Plaza on Thursday 7 November between 12pm and 2pm and 4pm and 7pm, and at Old Hartley School Hall on Wednesday 13 November between 4pm and 7pm.
Information about the REF is also available on the project website at rms.work/mckanesbridge
Feedback on the REF and design will be considered and a submissions report will be published. Once the REF is determined Transport for NSW will complete the final design and prepare for major work.