Cracks in Windsor Bridge abutment are simply concrete levels

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has moved to reassure residents that "cracks" which have appeared in the abutments of the new Windsor Bridge are simply lines where formwork had been joined.

The Gazette was contacted about what appeared to be "cracks" in the concrete last week, with pictures published on social media sparking concerns over workmanship on the project.

Concerns: One of the pictures that sparked residents' concerns. Picture: Supplied.

Concerns: One of the pictures that sparked residents' concerns. Picture: Supplied.

However, an RMS spokesperson said the cracks were simply lines showing different concrete join levels, which would not be visible once the bridge was complete.

"Work is progressing on the Windsor Bridge replacement project, with strict specifications in place to ensure the completed bridge will serve the community well into the future," the spokesperson said.

"No sections of the new bridge are cracking; the line in the image shows the differences in concrete levels where two pieces of formwork have been joined.

"The concrete join line will not be visible once the bridge is complete.

"Minor imperfections, such as these lines, are not uncommon when new bridges and concrete structures are built."

Residents in major centres including Windsor and South Windsor received letters last week providing a construction update on the Windsor Bridge Replacement Project from the RMS.

Work to be carried out on the project this month includes continuation of launching of the bridge segments as they are constructed, with a total of 10 deck segments to be poured and launched in coming months.

"We will continue to build the abutment and retaining walls on the southern side of the river, as well as continue building the retaining wall for the future wharf car park," the material stated.

"Construction of the pier columns in the river will continue throughout July. The access platforms will remain throughout the launching projects.

Work progressing: A letter has been sent out to residents informing them of work to be completed on the new bridge over July. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Work progressing: A letter has been sent out to residents informing them of work to be completed on the new bridge over July. Picture: Geoff Jones.

"We will install a new electrical pole in the wharf car park to re-string powerlines that cross the river. Work on a new electrical network along Bridge Street and George Street will include installing a new pole, overhead services in George Street east, and trenching along Bridge Street.

"We will install the new services under each segment of the bridge, then launch the, out with each bridge segment."

Roadwork will continue near the intersection of Bridge and George Streets, as well as Wilberforce Road on the northern side of the river. Some work will be carried out at night and residents would be notified separately before any proposed noisy or night work.