Paytens Bridge replacement
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.
Dec 2022 - Tree Removal work on Paytens Bridge Road
Tree removal work will be taking place on Paytens Bridge Road. Read more in the December 2022 project notification.
Jun 2022 - Geotechnical investigations begin
From Monday 20 June to Sunday 26 June, weather permitting, Transport for NSW will be conducting geotechnical investigations at Paytens Bridge. There will be changed traffic conditions on the bridge deck and on Paytens Bridge Road from the intersection with the Lachlan Valley way for 7 days while investigations are carried out. For more information please view or download the June 2022 project notification (PDF, 631Kb).
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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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- December 2022 project notification
Tree removal work on Paytens Bridge Road from Monday 12 December 2022.
- June 2022 project notification
Geotechnical investigation at Paytens Bridge and Paytens Bridge Road from Monday 20 June 2022.
For further information about this project, please contact:
Phone: 1800 167 499