Stockton Bridge

Stockton Bridge

Transport for NSW is carrying out major essential maintenance work to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the bridge.

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NOV 2020

NOV 2020Stockton Bridge essential maintenance

Transport for NSW is planning to carry out essential maintenance work on Stockton Bridge on Nelson Bay Road over the Hunter River at Stockton to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the bridge.

The work will involve strengthening the expansion joints to ensure the bridge’s ongoing structural integrity and continued accommodation of higher-mass load vehicles.

For more information please download our October 2020 project notification (PDF, 280Kb).

Scaffolding will be installed under the bridge from Monday 16 November to enable the work to be carried out. The scaffolding will be in place for the length of the project and will be visible from Stockton and from the bridge.

We will be working between 6pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday and expect to complete the work by June 2021, weather permitting. We will let you know in advance if we need to do any work outside these times.

There will only be limited impact on traffic during the project as most of the work will be carried out from the scaffolding located under the bridge. Some night work and lane closures will be required. We will keep motorists informed on any impacts as the project progresses.

A detour for over mass load vehicles of over 68 tonnes travelling northbound towards Stockton or southbound towards Newcastle will be in place until Wednesday 30 June 2021. 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.

Project information

Stockton Bridge is located on Nelson Bay Road, over the Hunter River in the Newcastle local government area (LGA) and Newcastle electorate.

Stockton Bridge is a four lane, 23 span concrete arch bridge which provides a vital link over the Hunter River. The 1,024 metre bridge is the main transport route between Newcastle and the Tilligery and Tomaree peninsulas in Port Stephens. More than 19,000 vehicles travel across the bridge each day and 5 per cent of these vehicles are heavy vehicles.

Prior to its construction, a vehicular ferry service operated between Newcastle and Stockton. Construction started on the bridge in 1968 to meet increased traffic from rapid urban, industrial and tourist development in Newcastle and Port Stephens.

The bridge was designed by the Department of Main Roads and has a 30 metre clearance for shipping and a central footway. 23,000 cubic yards of concrete together with 600 tonnes of high tensile steel and 2,500 tonnes of steel reinforcement were used to construct the bridge, at a cost of $6.5 million.

The bridge was officially opened to traffic on 1 November 1971, and at the time was the longest bridge to be built by the Department of Main Roads and the second longest bridge in NSW after the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Project documents

Community updates

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October 2020 project notification

Start of essential maintenance work on Stockton Bridge from Monday 16 November 2020


Media releases

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12 August 2021

Stockton Bridge major works complete

7 April 2021

Top notch work on Stockton Bridge



Contact us

For further information about this project contact Project Manager, Peter Talbot on:

Phone: (02) 4908 7676 (during business hours)


Mail: Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300

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