Morpeth Bridge maintenance work

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out major maintenance work on Morpeth Bridge at Morpeth which includes replacing truss elements on the bridge. The NSW Government has provided $1.7 million in 2016/17 to maintain the strength and capacity of the historic bridge.

Morpeth Bridge
Morpeth Bridge

Updates and announcements

Intermittent changed traffic conditions are in place Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm while major maintenance work is carried out on Morpeth Bridge.

Major maintenance work includes replacing timber truss elements to ensure the bridge continues to serve the community well into the future.

To ensure the safety of workers and motorists, single lane closures, a 40 km/h speed limit, traffic control and signs will be in place intermittently for the duration of the project, weather permitting.

Two channels under the bridge are temporarily closed until late 2016, weather permitting, with channel markers in place while work is carried out on the bridge.

The bridge was temporarily closed to traffic for four days in early October.

Bridge closures will be required on three other occasions and will be scheduled in consideration of community and stakeholder feedback received in November 2015. We will keep the community updated about future bridge closures as the project progresses.

Project background

Morpeth Bridge is a timber truss bridge that spans the Hunter River at Morpeth. The bridge is listed on the state heritage register and is assessed as being nationally significant, primarily on the basis of its technical and historical characteristics. The bridge is one of 26 bridges identified for conservation in the Roads and Maritime Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy, which was developed in consultation with the Heritage Council.

Key features

The maintenance work involves replacement of timber truss elements and repainting the bridge. Work on the project started in February 2016 and is expected to be completed by August 2017, weather permitting.

Community engagement

Regular updates about the project, including confirmed bridge closure dates and detour routes, will be provided to the local community as the project progresses.

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