Luskintyre Bridge maintenance

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out major maintenance on Luskintyre Bridge at Luskintyre to maintain capacity and reduce long term maintenance costs. The NSW Government has provided $4.9 million in 2015/16 for this major maintenance work. Work started in May 2014 and is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Luskintyre Bridge
Luskintyre Bridge

Update and announcements

Roads and Maritime is continuing to carry out major repairs and maintenance on Luskintyre Bridge including bridge strengthening, rehabilitation and painting. Work to prepare the bridge for painting started in early January.

Work will be carried out Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm and Saturday from 8am to 1pm. We expect to complete painting in July 2016, weather permitting.

As part of the painting work, Luskintyre Bridge will be closed to heavy vehicles over 30 tonnes from 1 February 2016 until late July 2016. Detour routes will be available for heavy vehicles during this time.

Please view the attached January 2016 project notification (228KB) which includes a map to help better explain the alternate routes. If further changes to traffic conditions are required we will advise motorists using electronic message signs at the bridge .

Project background

Luskintyre Bridge is located over the Hunter River on Luskintyre Road, around three kilometres north of the New England Highway at Luskintyre, near Lochinvar.

The bridge, which was the first road bridge of its class in NSW, was constructed in 1904 to improve access to the northern side of the Hunter River. It is one of only two surviving examples in NSW of an early steel Pratt truss bridge.

The bridge is listed as an item of environmental heritage under the Maitland Local Environmental Plan 2011 (LEP), as well as an item of State Heritage Significance under the Roads and Maritime Heritage and Conservation Register.

Given the age and condition of the bridge, it has become necessary to do routine maintenance to extend the life of the bridge and reduce long term maintenance costs.

Key features

The upgrade involves:

  • Establishing temporary site compounds, access tracks and ancillary facilities
  • Building temporary supports and access structures
  • Replacing and strengthening timber and steel elements on the underside of the bridge
  • Removing existing paint and applying a new protective coating system.

Community engagement

Regular updates about the project will be provided to the local community.

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