Cooks River Bridge to undergo $2.7 million makeover

14 November 2014

A $2.7 million project to repair and improve the Undercliffe Bridge on Illawarra Road over the Cooks River at Marrickville will start on Monday 1 December.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said repairs would be carried out to various steel elements on the bridge including removing lead paint and asbestos and repainting the steel structures to extend the life of the asset.

“The removal of lead paint and asbestos will be carried out by a specialist licensed asbestos contractor in accordance with safe asbestos handling and disposal methods to protect the local environment,” the spokesperson said.

“Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday.

“Residents have been advised by letter a site compound will be set up on the northbound pedestrian footpath and shoulder of Undercliffe Bridge.

“During work, pedestrians will have access over the bridge via the southbound pedestrian footpath.”

The spokesperson said there may be temporary changes to street parking during this work to allow equipment to be parked on side streets during the day.

Every effort will be made to minimise the impact on residents and businesses and some parking may be unavailable to residents at times.

Up to date information about the work and any impacts to motorists will be displayed on electronic message signs along the road.

Roads and Maritime thanks the community for their patience during the bridge upgrade, which is due for completion in mid-2015, weather permitting.

Road users are asked to follow the direction of traffic controllers, follow reduced speed limits and all traffic signs.

Motorists should plan their trips and allow extra travel time.

For the latest traffic information, visit, download Live Traffic NSW for or call 132 701.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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