Scaffold Bridge Maintenance
Bowen Butlin completing scaffold bridge maintenance during an early sunrise on the beautiful Hawkesbury River at Windsor NSW. The original bridge was built for horse-drawn vehicles and foot traffic in 1874 and was replaced in 2020. The new bridge is used by more than 19,000 vehicles daily.
Bowen is a trainee scaffolder doing his traineeship at the TAFE NSW Annandale campus. Bowen’s traineeship takes 3 years to complete, in which time he will complete the Basic, Intermediate & Advanced scaffolding course.
With two lanes southbound and one northbound, the new bridge complements upgraded intersections on both sides of the Hawkesbury River and is located 35 metres downstream of the existing Windsor Bridge.
Scope of work for the Windsor Bridge Replacement Project includes:
- a 156.6 metre-long, five-span incrementally launched replacement bridge;
- new approach roads and intersections to connect the new bridge to the existing road network;
- new traffic lights with pedestrian facilities at the intersection of Bridge Street and George Street;
- modifications to local roads and access arrangements, including changes to the Macquarie Park access road and reconnection of The Terrace;
- a new dual-lane roundabout at the intersection of Wilberforce Street and Freemans Reach Road;
- pedestrian and cyclist facilities, including a shared path for access to and across the new bridge;
- removal and backfill of the existing bridge approach roads;
- removal of the existing bridge once the new bridge is operational; and
- landscaping and urban design work, including within the Thompson Square parkland area and adjacent to the northern intersection of Wilberforce Road, Freemans Reach Road and the Macquarie Park access road.
Initially built for horse-drawn vehicles and foot traffic in 1874, the current Windsor Bridge is used by more than 19,000 vehicles daily and has reached the end of its project life.