New Paynes Crossing Bridge.

Construction starts soon to replace Paynes Crossing Bridge with a new two lane bridge.

Paynes Crossing Bridge links Cessnock and Singleton local government areas.

The bridge on Paynes Crossing Road crosses Wollombi Brook 11.6km north of the historic township of Wollombi and is the boundary between the two LGAs.

The existing single lane, weight-limited timber bridge has deteriorated due to time, heavy traffic and storm damage. The new bridge, to be built adjacent to the existing structure, will have an improved alignment and will be three metres higher than the existing deck, to increase access during flooding.

As the bridge is jointly owned by Cessnock and Singleton councils, both councils are contributing  funds.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed the start of works.

Paynes Bridge Crossing is located on the Cessnock and Singleton council boundary. This is an important access point for residents and people visiting both our wonderful local government areas. It’s fantastic we can collaborate with our neighbours to deliver this vital infrastructure,” he said.

The upgrade is good news for the community as it’s expected to bring new opportunities for both freight and tourism. The safety of residents during the fire season will also improve as a Rural Fire Service tanker will be able to cross the bridge to protect people, homes and property.”

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said the long-awaited project would deliver considerable benefits to local residents and visitors to our region.

“It’s been a particular concern that Rural Fire Service tankers had difficulty providing adequate fire protection in the area due to access limitations as a result of the load limit, and the load limit also had significant implications for tourist bus access,” she said.

I’m looking forward to the opportunities the new bridge will open up for people coming in to our area, particularly as we’re working hard to promote local businesses and tourism.”