Official Media Release

Maintenance Work Restarts on Brig O’Johnston Bridge At Clarence Town

MAINTENANCE WORK RESTARTS ON BRIG O’JOHNSTON BRIDGE AT CLARENCE TOWN

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today advised the community that essential maintenance work on the heritage listed Brig O’Johnston Bridge on Limeburners Creek Road at Clarence Town will restart this week.

Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government is funding essential maintenance work on the historic bridge which includes routine maintenance of the timber trusses and the existing bailey support system in preparation for future improvement work.

“Work started in August last year before being temporarily stopped in November due to the discovery of a threatened species of microbats nearby,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Roads and Maritime Services stopped work immediately in accordance with its Biodiversity Guidelines.

“With the breeding season of the microbats now complete, work will restart on the bridge from this Wednesday 10 May until mid-June, weather permitting.”

Work will be carried out during on weekdays between 6.30am and 5pm.

For the safety of all road users, changed traffic conditions will be in place including a reduced 40 km/h speed limit, traffic control and signs.

Motorists may experience delays of up to 20 minutes outside of peak hours and are advised to allow extra travel time.

The load limit on the bridge of 40 tonnes will remain in place while the work is being carried out.

The detour for vehicles more than 40 tonnes will also remain in place and will add around 50 kilometres to journeys which is about 50 minutes travel time.

Mr Johnsen said Roads and Maritime is continuing to work with the Office of Environment and Heritage with planning progressing towards a formal application to approve major work on the heritage listed bridge.         

“After approval is granted, an environmental assessment and delivery options will be prepared for consultation with the community,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

Roads and Maritime thanks the community for its patience while this work is carried out.

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