Third Crossing of the Hunter River, Maitland

Completed: 2011

The upgrade of the five kilometre route between Bolwarra and East Maitland provides a more convenient connection between farmland and the communities of Bolwarra and Largs on the north of the Hunter River. The project has provided an alternative crossing point between Maitland to the east and Morpeth to the west, reducing congestion on Maitland’s Belmore Bridge and reducing traffic impacts on the heritage Morpeth Bridge.

Work included widening the existing narrow rural roads, providing a two metre sealed shoulder for cyclists and local traffic improvements to integrate the project into the urban environment of East Maitland.

Harry Boyle Bridge is the centrepiece of the project – a 350 metre long, 12 span concrete crossing of the Hunter River. It was designed to fit simply and elegantly into the rural landscape, in which the river and surrounding fertile floodplain are the dominant features. The graceful, slight curve of the bridge sits sensitively within the floodplain and the concrete provides an interesting contrast with the natural tones of the lush pastoral surrounds.

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