Vital work will prolong life of historic Wardell Bridge

21 September 2018

Work will start from Monday 24 September to ensure Wardell Bridge continues to provide a vital link across the Richmond River.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin said the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government is investing $1.2 million to carry out essential maintenance on the bridge.

“The Wardell Bridge changed the lives of locals when it opened in 1954 as part of the new Pacific Highway route,” Mr Franklin said.

“It will continue to play an important role in the lives of Wardell residents after the village is bypassed with the new Pacific Highway upgrade opening in 2020.

“The work starting next week will involve installing corrosion protection on the bridge’s concrete piers.

“Corrosion protection helps guard against the effects of salt water, extending the bridge’s life and reducing long term maintenance needs.

The work follows a successful year-long trial of the corrosion protection on one of the bridge piers.

Installing the protection on the remaining piers will take three months to complete, weather permitting.

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out the work between 7am and 6pm on weekdays.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

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