Monkerai Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading Monkerai Bridge over the Karuah River at Monkerai.

Monkerai Bridge
Monkerai Bridge

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Construction work to upgrade the bridge will commence in January 2019. The bridge upgrade and associated road work is expected take around two years to complete.

Project background

Monkerai Bridge spans the Karuah River on Monkerai Road at Monkerai. The bridge is 98.5m long and is located in the Mid Coast Council area and Upper Hunter State Government electorate.

Built in 1882, Monkerai Bridge is an old timber truss road bridge and is one of the most significant bridges in NSW from a heritage perspective. It is the second oldest surviving timber truss bridge in the NSW road network and is an exceptionally rare example of an Old PWD truss bridge.

Monkerai Bridge is one of 26 identified for conservation in the Roads and Maritime Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy, which was developed in consultation with the Heritage Council of NSW. The strategy was developed to address the long term management of these structures and aims to establish a balance between infrastructure provision and heritage conservation.

Given its heritage significance, Monkerai Bridge was identified to be retained and upgraded to meet current vehicle load standards while preserving its heritage features. The bridge is listed on the State Heritage Register and there is a legislative requirement to retain the structure.

The NSW Government is funding the Monkerai Bridge upgrade as part of its $145 million Bridges for the Bush commitment to improve road freight productivity in regional NSW and reduce timber bridge maintenance costs by replacing or upgrading bridges.

The bridge was closed to traffic in 2004. Two alternate routes via Moores Road to the West (an extra 13km and up to around 18 minutes extra travel time) and the Buckets Way and Stroud Hill Road to the East (an extra 51km and up to around 60 minutes extra travel time) remain in place.

Project features

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out work to upgrade Monkerai Bridge to strengthen the bridge to meet current vehicle loads and heavy vehicle requirements, as well as reduce future maintenance costs. The upgrade will improve safety for the community and motorists including freight.

The work will involve replacing and strengthening all components including the timber piers, the timber trusses, deck, traffic barriers and approach spans. The road approaches will also be upgraded as part of the work.

Monkerai Bridge is currently closed to traffic. As a result changes to traffic conditions and further disruption to the community is minimal.

Roads and Maritime will advise the community of any changes to existing conditions as the project progresses.

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