Stockton Bridge will receive a facelift by early next year as essential maintenance works are set to begin on the iconic structure over the Hunter River.
The project will ensure that motorists who travel along Nelson Bay Road have a safe and reliable bridge for the years to come.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack, says the NSW Government is providing $6 million for the work, which will start early next month.
“The Stockton Bridge provides a vital link over the Hunter River on the main transport route between Newcastle, Newcastle Airport and Port Stephens,” Ms Cusack said.
“More than 19,000 vehicles use this route each day and almost 1,000 of those are heavy vehicles.
“Transport for NSW will carry out the work to strengthen the bridge to ensure its ongoing structural integrity and its continued ability to carry heavy vehicles.
“The bridge work will also help support eight full-time positions and provide work for about 50 contractors and suppliers in these difficult times.”
Scaffolding for external bridge work will be installed on Wednesday 4 November.
Work will take place between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday and the project is expected to be completed in nine months, weather permitting.
There will only be limited impact on traffic during the bridge upgrade as most of the work will be carried out from the scaffolding beneath the bridge.
Some night work and lane closures will be required, with traffic control in place and at least one lane open each way at all times.
A detour will be in place until Wednesday 30 June next year for vehicles of more than 68 tonnes travelling northbound towards Stockton or southbound towards Newcastle.
During this time, these vehicles will be detoured onto Hexham Bridge via the M1 Pacific Highway or Nelson Bay Road and then Cabbage Tree Road.
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