Taree - Martin Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services has completed major maintenance at Martin Bridge. The work involved installing a new traffic safety barrier along the full length of the bridge and repairing trusses that had been damaged by vehicle collisions. Work started in May 2014 and was completed on 18 December 2015.

Martin Bridge

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Major maintenance on Martin Bridge at Taree is now complete.

Project background

Martin Bridge spans the Manning River at Taree and was built in 1940. The bridge has an overall length of 475 metres with 15 spans, 11 of which are steel trusses.

Roads and Maritime completed investigations at Martin Bridge at the end of 2013 in preparation for the maintenance program. The investigations involved inspecting and testing the damaged steel trusses, identifying trusses for repair and surveying to mark the layout of the new safety barrier.

The investigation helped finalise the methodology for the installation of the new traffic safety barrier and in March 2014 two options for delivery were presented to the local community for their feedback. The comments received were considered by Roads and Maritime in finalising the program delivery schedule. Option 2 was identified as more beneficial to the community as it contains shorter blocks of night work which lessens noise impacts for residents, and works best around school and public holiday periods.

The scope and method of repair for the damaged beams within the bridge trusses was finalised in late 2014 and the project was completed in December 2015.

Project objectives

The work was required to meet current bridge and B-double route standards, reduce future damage to the bridge and address maintenance needs.

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime would like to thank the community for their patience, input and cooperation during the completion of this important maintenance project.

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