Taree - Martin Bridge

The NSW Government is funding a maintenance program in preparation for future painting work on Martin Bridge. Martin Bridge is a steel truss bridge that spans the Manning River at Taree. The bridge has an overall length of 475 metres with 15 spans, 11 of which are steel trusses. The bridge was opened in 1940 and replaced a ferry service at the end of Pulteney Street, Taree.

Martin Bridge

Project background

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out the work, which includes repairing and replacing steel beams on Martin Bridge from Sunday 10 June.

Due to high volumes of traffic on the bridge during the day, and for the safety of workers and motorists, work on the bridge will be carried out at night  We will be working between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday and expect to complete the work in eight weeks, weather permitting. We will let you know in advance if we need to do any work outside these times.

Site establishment work  is scheduled to start on Monday 28 May and will be carried out during the day with limited impacts on traffic.

Bridge closures and traffic changes

There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe.

The work requires partial and full closures  at night to ensure the safety of workers and motorists.

We have considered community feedback received during previous work activities carried out on Martin Bridge in 2014 and 2015 to develop a schedule that minimises impacts to motorists and community.

The proposed closures schedule is provided in the table:

Bridge closure Date Duration Time
Partial bridge closures with lane closures Sunday 10 June – Thursday 28 June Three weeks, weather permitting 7pm – 5am
Full bridge closure with detour Sunday 1 July – Thursday 2 August Five weeks, weather permitting 10pm – 5am

Detour route

During the full bridge closures, a detour will be in place via the Pacific Highway and Cundletown. 

View or download the May 2018 project notification which includes a copy of the detour route map.

The detour route will add up to 17 kilometres or approximately 20 minutes additional travel time.

During the partial bridge closures lane closures and a 40km/h speed limit will be in place during work hours and may affect travel times. Motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time during the partial bridge closures.

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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