Swansea Bridge maintenance program

Swansea Bridge on the Pacific Highway is an important gateway spanning the entrance to Lake Macquarie between Swansea and Blacksmiths. The bridge provides an alternate route along the Pacific Highway between the Central Coast and Newcastle. The bridge spans Swansea Channel, which is the only access for large boats and yachts between Lake Macquarie and the Pacific Ocean.

Swansea Bridge
Swansea Bridge

Updates and announcements

A program of monthly and bi-annual maintenance is in place to keep the bridge operating effectively. A program of maintenance work has been developed for the 2016/17 financial year to maintain the serviceability and reliability of the bridges.

Essential maintenance work was carried out over three nights in October. This work included inspecting and testing the bridge’s electrical, mechanical and hydraulic components as well as the emergency systems. Work was also carried out to refurbish some of the hydraulic equipment.

More information is available in the October 2016 project notification (PDF, 51Kb).

Project background

Lake Macquarie is the largest saltwater lake in Australia and four times the size of Sydney Harbour. It plays an important role in the region for diving, boating, leisure and tourism activities.

More than 27,000 road vehicles use Swansea Bridge each day. The pedestrian and cycleway paths on both bridges provide both recreational and commuting access.

The bridge opens about 2000 times each year, which is around five to six times per day, allowing up to 4500 boats to pass through each year.

Key features

The original channel crossing at Swansea was a drawbridge built in the early 1880s. This was replaced in 1909 with a bridge which incorporated a roadway, later to become the Pacific Highway.

The current crossing has two opening bridges spanning the entrance to Lake Macquarie. The older northbound bridge was opened in 1955 and the second southbound bridge was opened in 1989. Each of the bridges contains two lanes for traffic and provides pedestrian and cycleway access.

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime Services will work with the community to provide information about maintenance at the bridge as early as possible to reduce the impacts of closures.

Depending on the maintenance work required, Roads and Maritime will advise the local community through:

  • Letterbox drops
  • Electronic message signs on the approaches to the bridge
  • Traffic alerts to local media
  • Marine community alerts through the Swansea coastguard
  • Advertising in local papers.

Project documents

October 2016 project notification

October 2016

Night work on Swansea Bridge from Monday 17 October 2016

October 2015 project notification

October 2015

Night work on Swansea Bridge from Monday 19 October to Wednesday 21 October

Project update

August 2015

Swansea Bridge maintenance

Letter to the householder

July 2014

Swansea Bridge maintenance

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