The Weir Bridge - Barnsley

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We’re building a new bridge on The Weir Road, Barnsley, to make your journey quicker and safer.

Work on the project began in August 2021 and is expected to be complete in mid-2022. On completion, the bridge will reduce travel times and improve road safety and reliability in northern Lake Macquarie.

The project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $4.7 million towards the new bridge and Council funding the remainder of the project.

Background

The Weir over Cockle Creek is a single-lane, two-way, mid-level causeway constructed in 1925. The crossing experiences flooding multiple times a year, and is closed to all traffic during moderate rainfall events.

The Weir Bridge project involves the construction of a new dual-lane bridge, realignment of The Weir Road to improve road safety and the construction of a 3m-wide shared pathway on the northern side of the bridge to provide safer access for pedestrians and cyclist.

Project timeline

Date
Details
2018 Investigation and options analysis completed
2019-2020 Concept design and funding applications submitted
2020 Australian Government funding secured
Mid 2021
Finalise detailed design and undertake competitive tender process
Late July 2021
Contractor appointed
30 August 2021 Construction commenced
Mid-2022 Completion and official opening

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why do we need the upgrade?

The Weir over Cockle Creek is a single-lane, two-way, midlevel causeway constructed in 1925. The crossing experiences flooding multiple times a year and is closed to all traffic during moderate rainfall events.

To ensure uninterrupted access along this critical corridor, we will be constructing a dual-lane bridge over Cockle Creek.

What does the proposed upgrade involve?

The project involves the construction of a dual-lane bridge, the realignment of The Weir Road to improve road safety and a 3m-wide shared pathway on the northern side of the bridge to provide safer access for pedestrians and cyclists.

Why did you choose this option?

A number of options were considered; however, this project is considered the best overall solution as it:

  • significantly reduces the impact, frequency and duration of flood events impacting The Weir Road
  • improves connectivity between Barnsley and Teralba
  • reduces travel times along this critical corridor
  • provides safer access for pedestrians and cyclists through a dedicated shared pathway on the northern side of the bridge.

When are you starting construction and how long will it take to build?

Construction of the proposed bridge is expected to start in late August 2021. We anticipate the works will be completed in mid-2022.

Will I still be able to access The Weir during construction?

The weir was damaged in early 2021 during a storm event and has remained closed to the public since. Following extensive investigations the weir crossing on The Weir Road, Barnsley will remain permanently closed to protect motorists.

The latest engineering assessments of the weir indicate it is unsafe for continued use by the community. Investigations show there are a range of structural issues, such as scour, undermining and damaged asphalt, that would put the public at risk if we were to re-open access.

Rehabilitation works on the existing weir are impractical due to the significant cost and length of time required to repair the structure to make it safe. We appreciate the community’s understanding regarding this decision and apologise for the inconvenience of the closure.

I am a cyclist - are you providing bike lanes?

The upgrade of the Weir Road involves the construction of a dual-lane bridge and 1.5m shoulders provided on both sides of the Weir Road as part of the realigned section of works. There will also be 3m-wide shared pathway on the northern side of the bridge to provide safer access for pedestrians and cyclists. This shared path over the bridge will make future extension of the pathway alongside the roadway simpler when the time comes.

Will you be acquiring properties as part of the project?

Council agreed to compulsorily acquire about 4600m2 of Crown land, being part of Cockle Creek and part of 30 Griffen Road, Teralba. This land will form part of the road reserve.

NSW Crown Lands has been consulted and is supportive of the compulsory acquisition.

 

I live nearby - will my property be impacted by the work?

There may be some temporary construction noise impacts to properties located near the construction area. Measures will be taken to minimise potential noise impacts, including construction activities taking place generally during the day.

The bridge will be built alongside the existing weir to minimise traffic impacts.

Consultation is being carried out directly with affected property owners.

What is Council planning to do with the existing weir?

The weir was damaged in early 2021 during a storm event and has remained closed to the public since. We have no plans to reopen the weir. The weir will be inaccessible to vehicles when the new bridge and approach roads are complete.

We are very aware of the separation between fresh water and salt water habitats that the weir currently provides. At this point Council has no fixed plans to remove or alter the old weir. If such a plan was to be put forward it would only be done in consultation with DPI Fisheries and any other relevant regulatory bodies.

 

 

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Location

The Weir Road, Barnsley 2278  View in Google Maps

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