Bellambi Creek Bridge to get major make over
21 January 2016
Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today announced that work will start early next month to give the Bellambi Creek Bridge on Mount Ousley Road a major make over.
Mr Ward said that the New South Wales Government allocated $1.4 million for work on the bridge, which crosses Bellambi Creek about 15 kilometres north of Wollongong.
“Work includes removing the existing lead-based paint and repainting the steel girders under the northbound lanes,” he said.
“Repainting the bridge will not only improve the look of the bridge but will also help prevent corrosion and protect the environment.
“The bridge will also be strengthened to reduce the need for future maintenance work.
“Work will be carried out from Monday 1st February until late June on weekdays between 7am and 5pm, weather permitting.
“All lanes will remain open but the speed limit across the bridge will be reduced to 80km/h for the safety of motorists and workers.
“The bridge was built in three stages and Roads and Maritime remains committed to ensuring the structure continues to serve the local community.
“The original bridge was built in 1940 and consisted of two spans and in 1971 a second stage was including a new concrete deck next to the existing bridge.
“In 1986, the bridge was widened again to form the southbound lanes across Bellambi Creek,” Mr Ward concluded.
MEDIA: Gareth Ward 0401 499 933 or Ben Blackburn 0423 466 358