Heritage listed Fitzgerald Bridge restoration now complete

Media Release


22 July 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

John Williams

Senator for New South Wales

New life has been breathed into Aberdeen's historic bridge, with restoration work on the 130-year old heritage-listed structure now complete.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had provided $28.6 million, with the New South Wales Government investing $400,000, to build a new two lane bridge and restore the original bridge for the use of pedestrians and cyclists.

“The new two-lane bridge opened to traffic in May last year, removing traffic from the former northbound bridge, which has now been demolished,” Mr Truss said.

“Restoration of the separate heritage listed bridge has been the focus of the last five months of the project and it is now open solely for use by pedestrians and cyclists.”

Senator for New South Wales John Williams said the completion of the new Fitzgerald Bridge and restoration of the original bridge finalised the Australian Government's $43 million commitment to upgrade six bridges across New South Wales.

“Upgrading these bridges means for the first time, the entire length of the New England Highway in New South Wales—from Hexham near Newcastle to the Queensland border—is suitable for higher mass limit vehicles,” Senator Williams said.

“Works on the Fitzgerald Bridge project have included repairing kerbs, replacing guardrails with safety fencing for pedestrians and cyclists and resealing the bridge deck. A new concrete path is also being built under the bridges to link the western side of the new bridge to the restored southbound bridge.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said the life of the new bridge—which has a one-in–a-100-year flood event rating—was estimated to be 100 years.

“The piers of the new bridge have been aligned with those of the restored bridge to help facilitate use of the river by kayakers and local community groups,” Mr Gay said.

This project is part of the Australian Government's commitment to delivering high quality infrastructure to improve the productivity of regional areas.