Myth - The Bridge is Structurally Unsound
For many years, Hawkesbury locals have been unnerved by tales of the Windsor Bridge having 'concrete cancer', and that at any time it could plunge into the water.
The most recent report on the condition of the bridge from Peter Stewart Consulting Pty Ltd, as commissioned by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure negates this myth. When investigating the bridge, they found it "safe for current use" (pg.11). What was identified however was the distinct lack of maintenance carried out on the bridge over the last two decades. Therefore is seems the main threat to the bridge is neglect.
So what does the report recommend? "The condition of the existing bridge is such that it is not in a dire condition and could relatively economically be refurbished and strengthened."(pg. 31). They also note "This is a heritage landmark that contributes to the social & economic life of Windsor. It would be a great loss to demolish this state significant structure." (pg 29).
So it the bridge in danger of collapse? NO!
Read the full report here.