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

Four bridge closures were originally planned to enable the installation of temporary support structures which cannot be completed while the bridge is open to traffic. Work has progressed ahead of schedule and only three bridge closures will now be required.

The third and final full bridge closure will be in place for four days from 6am Friday 5 May until 6pm Monday 8 May, weather permitting. Phoenix Park Road, from Morpeth Bridge to the Hinton Road intersection will also be closed to traffic. Access to this section of road will be maintained for residents.

During the closure, detour arrangements will be in place via Pitnacree Road to the west.

Two channels under the bridge will remain closed until late December 2017, weather permitting, with channel markers in place while work is carried out on the bridge.

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.

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 December 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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