Work starts on the next stage of safety improvements on Martin Bridge

28 July 2015

Roads and Maritime Services advises motorists changed traffic conditions will be in place next month for the next stage of essential maintenance work to improve safety on the Martin Bridge at Taree.

“The NSW Government is funding a major maintenance and repair program of the 75 year old bridge designed to extend the life of the structure, minimise future damage and ensure it continues to serve the community into the future,” A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“With a new traffic safety barrier spanning the length of the bridge now installed, the next stage of work will include repairing and replacing damaged steel beams.

“To ensure the safety of workers and motorists, full bridge closures are required while some truss work is under way.

“Work is proposed to be carried out on Sunday nights to minimise traffic impacts on motorists and the local community.

“The bridge will be closed to traffic on Sunday 9, Sunday 16, Sunday 23, and Sunday 30 August between 8pm and 5am, weather permitting and a detour will be in place via the Pacific Highway and Cundletown.”

The bridge will remain open to traffic while work on the remaining steel trusses is carried out at night between Sunday and Thursdays from 7pm and 5am with a single lane operating under contra flow and a 40km/h speed limit during work hours.

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

Minor delays may be expected until this stage of work is expected to be completed by the end of August.

Roads and Maritime Services thanks the community for their feedback for the proposed closure schedule.

Every effort will be made to minimise impacts on nearby residents and businesses.

For more information about the project, contact project manager Mikhail Lyte on 02 4924 0294 during business hours or email

For the latest traffic information, visit, download Live Traffic App or call the Transport Management Centre on 132 701.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit - 8588 5999

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