$770,000 for Swansea Bridge

29 July 2014

$770,000 for Swansea Bridge operation and maintenance

Roads and Maritime Services has finalised the Swansea Bridge annual operation and maintenance program with $770,000 allocated this financial year.

“This work aims to address any maintenance issues with minimal traffic disruptions and ensure the bridge, used by 27,000 vehicles each day, continues to serve the community well into the future,” Member for Swansea Garry Edwards said.

The biannual service of Swansea Bridge will take place in October this year and May next year.  To minimise the impact on traffic work will take place on several consecutive nights from 7pm to 5am with one bridge closed and traffic diverted onto the other bridge.

Roads and Maritime is also proposing to resurface the southbound bridge approaches in February and March next year. The southbound bridge will be closed for several consecutive nights during work and traffic will be diverted onto the northbound bridge between 7pm and 5am.

At the same time as this resurfacing, the footpath will be repaired on the southbound bridge with work carried out at night to reduce the impact on pedestrians. Traffic control will safely direct pedestrians to the northbound footpath during work.

Marine traffic may be restricted while these projects are carried out to ensure the safety of boaters.

Mr Edwards said this maintenance work is part of Roads and Maritime’s ongoing commitment to ensure Swansea Bridge is safe and well maintained while also minimising the impact of work on motorists and boaters using this important crossing.

“The Swansea Bridge has served the community since the 1880s although it has been rebuilt twice since then,” Mr Edwards said.

“The bridge is an important gateway spanning the entrance to Lake Macquarie between Swansea and Blacksmiths and providing an alternative route along the Pacific Highway between the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

“The bridge is raised for boat access about 2000 times per year and is the only access for boats and yachts between Lake Macquarie and the Pacific Ocean.

“Roads and Maritime and I are committed to ensuring the bridge is safe and well maintained for motorists and boaters alike.”

MEDIA: Nick Jones (Garry Edwards MP) 0432 389 429

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