Have your say about proposed closures on Morpeth Bridge

30 October 2015

Roads and Maritime Services is inviting the community to have a say on the timing of proposed closures of Morpeth Bridge which crosses the Hunter River at Morpeth.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said the NSW Government allocated $1 million for essential maintenance work to be carried out next year to ensure the bridge continues to serve the community into the future.

“Morpeth Bridge is one of 26 bridges identified for conservation in the Roads and Maritime Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy developed in consultation with the Heritage Council of NSW,” the spokesperson said.

“Roads and Maritime will install temporary supports under Morpeth Bridge and carry out work from a barge under the bridge.

“This will limit bridge closures and enable uninterrupted access during peak hours.

“Bridge closures will be required on four separate occasions so the temporary support structures can be installed.

“The proposal involves closing Morpeth Bridge from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 March 2016 or for four days at a time early in June and mid August and an additional three days late in November next year.

“Roads and Maritime and Maitland City Council are considering a western detour through Pitnacree which would add 20 kilometres to motorists’ journeys or an eastern detour through Raymond Terrace which would add 28 kilometres.

“The proposed Pitnacree detour involves circling around to approach the bridge from the north while the Raymond Terrace involves circling around to approach the bridge from Hinton in the east.”

Single lane closures and a reduced speed limit would be in place outside peak hour to ensure the safety of workers and motorists.

Stakeholders and the community are invited to comment on the proposed bridge closure schedule and detour routes by Sunday 22 November by emailing mikhail.lyte@rms.nsw.gov.au or writing to Mikhail Lyte at Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.

Roads and Maritime will consider all feedback before finalising the proposed bridge closure schedule and will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses.

ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES MEDIA UNIT 8588 5999 or media@rms.nsw.gov.au

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