Work progressing on Martin Bridge
5 May 2022
Work to repaint Taree’s iconic Martin Bridge is nearing completion with contractors on track to finish maintenance work by the third quarter of 2022.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the NSW Government has invested in this project to ensure the bridge continues to connect motorists with Taree long into the future.
“Our contractor Eptec Services has been working since May 2020 to repaint the 475-metre-long bridge across the Manning River. It’s a huge job to repaint the 15 spans,11 of which are steel trusses,” Mr Farraway said.
“This is the first time a full repaint of the bridge has been carried out since the bridge
opened in 1940.
“The repainting work involves completely enclosing each span on the bridge to remove and dispose of existing paint before applying three new coats.
“Final painting coats are currently being applied on two spans, while minor steel repairs and touch ups are also being finalised across the bridge. Following this, decommissioning work will be carried out.”
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said Martin Bridge had been an important part of the town’s history for 82 years.
“The local community rely on Martin Bridge for access to and from Taree, so this project is vital to maintain the structural integrity of the bridge and reduce future maintenance costs,” Mr Bromhead said.
“The bridge has served the local community since 1940 when it replaced a ferry service at the end of Pulteney Street at Taree, and these works will ensure it continues to serve the community long into the future.
“I want to thank the community and motorists for their patience as we continue to carry out this important work to preserve Martin Bridge.”
Transport for NSW will continue to update the community and stakeholders as the project progresses.