Windsor Bridge Scaffolding

Australian Scaffolds supplied scaffolding and stair access for the new Windsor Bridge. The Windsor Bridge, officially called the Hawkesbury River Bridge, Windsor, a beam bridge across the Hawkesbury River, is located in Windsor in north-western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The bridge was built in 1874. On 18 May 2020, the replacement bridge was opened to traffic within Windsor, NSW.

The new bridge, with two lanes southbound and one northbound, will complement upgraded intersections on both sides of the Hawkesbury River. It will be located 35 metres downstream of the existing Windsor Bridge.

Scope of work for the 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.

Originally 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.

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Competency and licensing

The model WHS Regulations list the scaffolding work that requires a high-risk work licence.

If you are carrying out scaffolding work where there is a risk of a person or object falling more than four metres, you must hold a scaffolding high-risk work licence. For example, if you erect a small frame to clean the eaves of a house or to paint a ceiling, and the distance you might fall is four metres or less, you don’t need a high-risk work licence. Above all, for more detailed information on setting up and operating scaffolds, see our General guide for scaffolds and scaffolding work.