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$2.2m Westcott Street Bridge now open to public

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The long-awaited $2.2 million Westcott Street Bridge in Cessnock is now open for public use… a fortnight ahead of schedule.

Fully grant funded under the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) Fixing Country Bridges Program, the project began in November 2023.

So, its early completion is somewhat of a relief for locals and visitors alike.

The new dual lane concrete structure boasts an added pedestrian access footway and an open load limit, compared to its ageing timber predecessor’s 12-tonne threshold.

Cessnock City mayor Jay Suvaal was delighted by the potential social, economic and maintenance benefits.

“On behalf of the local community, I’m thrilled to see the Westcott Street Bridge replacement completed and open for use to residents from the local area and the wider Cessnock LGA,” he said.

“Installation of this new concrete structure will not only reduce annual maintenance costs by 80%.

“But, it’ll provide a better level of service for the community.

“The Westcott Street Bridge serves approximately 84 businesses comprising healthcare, administrative services, transport and construction.

“With an open load limit, there are no longer any restrictions, including for larger emergency vehicles, which is a huge efficiency win for our city.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison agreed.

“With this new concrete bridge, the community will benefit from better safety and connectivity,” the Maitland MP said.

“It will also improve reliability for heavy traffic, meaning better transport efficiencies.

“This sort of infrastructure is so important for country communities.

“And, it is great to witness.”

Cessnock MP Clayton Barr echoed those sentiments.

“It’s terrific to see this bridge replacement completed ahead of schedule,” he said.

“Locals and businesses now have better access and pedestrians can safely cross it.”

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