Carrington’s locally-loved icon Tippler Footbridge, also known as the Booth Street Pedestrian Bridge, is set to undergo a once-in-a-half-a-century facelift.
And, it’s all thanks to Port of Newcastle, which will start the upgrade from Wednesday 27 October.
Executive manager projects and assets Glenn Thornton said the overhaul was designed to ensure the community could continue to safely access the Carrington Foreshore.
“Tippler Footbridge connects Carrington with Newcastle Harbour and has become an important haven for locals rediscovering their local area, particularly over the past few months during lockdown,” he explained.
“After more than 50 years, we are conducting the refurbishment to ensure we can offer continued safe access to this community amenity for locals and visitors alike.
“The footbridge was constructed in the 1960s to enable workers to safely access the amenities block and other operational areas without having to cross the rail lines on foot.
“The name ‘Tippler’ refers to the bridge’s close proximity to Tippler House, which was built to support the Basin Coal Loader that came into operation in 1967.”
Works include the removal of the footbridge, which will be safely transported to an offsite facility for structural repairs, new protective coatings and replacement of the ageing concrete walkway.
The footbridge will also be reinstalled with new energy efficient LED lighting.
“This work is part of the Port of Newcastle’s commitment to maintaining safe public access to the unique Carrington Foreshore area,” Mr Thornton said.
“We look forward to the completion of the project and ensuring the foreshore area remains a thriving community space for years to come.”
Carrington Foreshore will be temporarily inaccessible during the works, which are expected to take about six-to-seven weeks, weather permitting.
Temporary fencing and signage have been installed to restrict access to Tippler Footbridge during the construction period.
“We recognise the inconvenience the closure of Tippler Footbridge may cause regular visitors,” Mr Thornton said.
“However, we look forward to welcoming the community back to the area once the refurbishment is complete, in time for December, Christmas and summer picnics.”
For more information about the upgrade, visit the Port of Newcastle project webpage at www.portofnewcastle.com.au/tippler-footbridge/
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