Transport for NSW is carrying out essential maintenance work on the historic Brig O’Johnston Bridge over the Williams River at Clarence Town in preparation for future rehabilitation work.
OCT 2020Brig O'Johnston Bridge at Clarence Town is now open to
traffic following essential repairs to ensure its continued safe operation.
The bridge will continue to be load limited to vehicles 40 tonnes and under.
The NSW Government is funding essential repairs on Brig O'Johnston Bridge over the Williams River to ensure its continued safe operation. Transport for NSW will carry out the work, which includes replacing the damaged bridge support trusses.More information
Transport for NSW is continuing to work with NSW Environment, Energy and Science with planning progressing towards a formal application to approve rehabilitation of the heritage listed Brig O'Johnston Bridge. Following approval, an environmental assessment and delivery options will be prepared for consultation with the community.
Transport for NSW will also continue to work closely with Dungog Shire on the development of Council's project to construct a new bridge across the Williams River adjacent to Brig O'Johnston Bridge.
The Brig O'Johnston Bridge over the Williams River at Clarence Town was built in 1880 and is the oldest surviving timber truss bridge in NSW. The bridge is one of 26 bridges identified for conservation in the Transport for NSW Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy, which was developed in consultation with the Heritage Council of NSW.
The strategy was developed to address the long term management of these structures and aims to establish a balance between infrastructure provision and heritage conservation. The strategy was displayed for stakeholder and community comment in 2011. The feedback received was considered in finalising the strategy and identifying bridges for replacement and conservation.
Given its heritage significance the Brig O'Johnston Bridge was identified for rehabilitation to meet current vehicle load standards while preserving its heritage features.
The NSW Government is funding the rehabilitation of the Brig O'Johnston Bridge as part of its $145 million Bridges for the Bush commitment to improve road freight productivity in regional NSW and reduce timber bridge maintenance costs by replacing or upgrading bridges.
Rehabilitation work is required to strengthen the bridge to meet current vehicle loads and heavy vehicle requirements, as well as help to reduce future maintenance costs.
Transport for NSW is continuing to work with NSW Environment, Energy and Science with planning progressing towards a formal application to approve rehabilitation of the bridge. Following approval, an environmental assessment and delivery options will be prepared for consultation with the community.
September 2020 project notification
Bridge closure and detours on Brig O'Johnston Bridge, Clarence Town from Saturday 26 September.
May 2017 project notification
Maintenance work on Brig O’Johnston Bridge, Clarence Town, from Wednesday 10 May.
November 2016 project notification
Update on maintenance work on Brig O'Johnston Bridge at Clarence Town.
August 2016 project notification
Maintenance work on Brig O'Johnston Bridge at Clarence Town from Monday 15 August 2016.
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|October 2015 project update||180Kb|
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November 2014 essential maintenance work letter
Maintenance work for Brig O'Johnston Bridge at Clarence Town from 17 November 2014.
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|October 2014 community presentation||490Kb|
For further information about the project contact:
Phone: (02) 4908 7643 (business hours – David Macgregor, Project Manager)
Mail: Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300