Victoria Bridge, Picton

Victoria Bridge upgrade

Transport for NSW is upgrading the historic Victoria Bridge over Stonequary Creek, Picton. This heritage listed bridge was designed by Percy Allan and opened on 7 October 1897. It features the tallest trestles in New South Wales and is one of the oldest surviving bridges of its type.

Latest news

JUL 2021

JUL 2021Victoria Road pedestrian access temporary closure

We are carrying out urgent work to excavate and build a new concrete support structure for the bridge. So that this work can be carried out safely, we need to temporarily close pedestrian access across Victoria Bridge from 7am Thursday 15 July for 3 weeks, weather permitting.

During the closure a courtesy bus will take pedestrians to and from Picton Train Station and Prince Street West.

The bus service will be scheduled to meet the scheduled train arrival and departure times. Please arrive at the pick-up location, on Prince Street at Lumsdaine Street on the western side of the bridge 20 minutes before your train departure time. Visit the Transport for NSW trip planner to plan your train journey: transportnsw.info/trip

New temporary pedestrian access across the bridge is expected to be opened early August, weather permitting. We are working to complete the upgrade of the Victoria Bridge as soon as possible and we apologise to the community for any inconvenience caused while we carry out this essential work.

MAY 2021

MAY 2021Victoria Bridge closed

From 21 June 2021, the bridge will be closed for up to four months, weather permitting, to replace the timber support structure on the southern side with concrete. The structure has significantly deteriorated since the bridge opened in 1897 and a full closure is required to complete the work.

Please view or download the May 2021 project update for more information.

Sydney Water will also be working in the area as part of the project. A water main that runs across Victoria Bridge needs to be shut down and diverted during the rehabilitation work. Sydney Water will redirect the water supply and provide a temporary connection to properties impacted by the shut down. They will be working on Prince Street east between Menangle Street and Victoria Bridge from Monday 7 June, weather permitting, to install the temporary water main that will supply properties in the area. Victoria Bridge will not be closed during this work.

Project information

The upgrade will improve longevity and reduce future maintenance costs for this historically significant bridge.

Work to upgrade the bridge will be done in two stages:

  • Stage 1 involves bracing the bridge and replacing the timber top chords that support the bridge and will require three months of temporary closures
  • Stage 2 involves replacing the timber support truces that hold up the bridge and will require a full closure of the bridge for up to four months, which will occur following the bushfire season in 2021.

Work for Stage 1 will start from Monday 19 October, weather permitting. The temporary closures will occur during the day between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Between November and December up to 17 days of 24 hour closures and night work will be required to install temporary supports and remove and replace the top supports. Updates will be provided closer to the planned dates.

In the event of an emergency requiring the bridge to be used as an evacuation route, work will stop and the bridge will be reopened to vehicle traffic.

During the temporary closures traffic will be detoured via Menangle Street, Colden Street, Margaret Street, Old Hume Highway and Argyle Street. This detour will avoid school zones and help provide a smoother trip through the town centre. Please keep to the speed limits and follow signs and traffic controllers’ directions. For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Access will be maintained for residents on Prince Street and pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained during the work.

Temporary closure of Victoria Bridge - detour map
Temporary closure of Victoria Bridge - detour map

Project documents

Community notifications

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February 2021 community notification

Victoria Bridge upgrade Stage 1 – extended closures from Tuesday 23 February

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December 2020 community notification

Victoria Bridge upgrade Stage 1 – day and night closures and project update.

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October 2020 community notification

Victoria Bridge upgrade Stage 1 - start of work and temporary closure

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Media releases

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26 October 2020

Work starts to upgrade the historic Victoria Bridge at Picton

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Contact us

For more information about the project, please contact the project team.

Phone: 1800 313 075 (toll free) during business hours

Email: victoriabridgepicton@transport.nsw.gov.au

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