Maintaining the historic Martin Bridge for the community of Taree

9 June 2018

Martin Bridge was a major piece of engineering when it first opened to traffic on 18 May 1940 by Alexander Mair, who was Premier of NSW at the time.

This steel truss bridge across Manning River at Taree is now a historic piece of infrastructure that still carries local traffic safely across the river.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the NSW Government has provided $750,000 to ensure Martin Bridge is well maintained and to prepare for future repainting work on the bridge.

“To ensure continued and safe operation of this historic bridge, work carried out will involve repairing and replacing steel beams, rivets and bolts on the bridge,” Mr Bromhead said.

“Roads and Maritime Services has considered the community feedback received when major maintenance work was carried out on Martin Bridge in 2014 and 2015.

Roads and Maritime has also consulted with the local transport industry to help develop a work schedule that will minimise impact to motorists and the community.
“Work to establish the work zone will be carried out from Monday 28 May during the day with limited impact to traffic.”

Mr Bromhead said maintenance work will then start on Sunday 10 June and is expected to be completed by the first week of August, weather permitting. Work will be carried out between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday.

To minimise impact to peak hour traffic and to ensure safety of workers and motorists, work on the bridge will be carried out at night and require partial and full bridge closures.

Partial bridge and lane closures will happen between Sunday 10 June and Thursday 28 June. During the partial bridge and lane closures, a 40 km/h speed limit will be in place during work hours. Motorists are advised to allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time during the partial closures.

The bridge will be closed between Sunday 1 July and Thursday 2 August. During the full bridge closures, motorists will be detoured through to the Pacific Highway at Cundletown, which will add up to 17 kilometres or around 20 minutes extra travel time.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

Roads and Maritime thanks motorists and the community for their patience during this time. For the latest traffic updates, download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit or call 132 701.

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