Final hammer falls on new Anvil Creek Bridge
The new Anvil Creek Bridge on Nelson Street in Greta has been officially opened, offering safer and better access for the community and visitors.
The project was made possible thanks to a $690,800 contribution from the Australian Government under its Bridges Renewal Program, and a $1.3 million contribution from Cessnock City Council.
As locals well remember, the previous Anvil Creek Bridge was a single-lane timber bridge that was no longer suitable for the needs of the community.
The timber bridge had a heavy vehicle load limit placed on it and there was no pedestrian access across the bridge to the Greta Train Station at the western end of Nelson Street.
The old timber bridge has now been replaced with a new, 24-metre-long, two-lane concrete bridge with 200 metres of upgraded road pavement on both sides.
There is also a 2.5-metre-wide pedestrian pathway on the new bridge, which provides safe and easy access to the train station.
Cessnock City Council Mayor Jay Suvaal said, “The new bridge is an important asset for the Greta community as a vital road link to major transport routes between greater Cessnock and the upper Hunter Valley.
“The new Anvil Creek Bridge has a life expectancy of 100 years and has removed all the safety risks that were associated with the old timber bridge, which is just fantastic.
“With an increased clearance above the Anvil Creek waterway, the new bridge will also decrease the prevalence of flooding upstream and allow a less restricted flow of water downstream.”
Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King said, “Resilient and reliable transport is the backbone of the nation, especially in regional communities like Greta, which rely heavily on local infrastructure such as bridges as the key access point for locals, freight, and visitors alike.
“The Australian Government is getting on with delivering infrastructure projects just like this to improve access and safety for commuters right across Australia.
“We look forward to working collaboratively with councils and state and territory governments nationwide to complete even more local priority upgrades.”
Federal Member for Hunter Dan Repacholi said, “The Australian Government is proud to have delivered $690,800 to make this new bridge a reality for the local community.
“Nothing is more important than ensuring people get home safe and sound at the end of each road trip, whether it’s just a quick run to the local shops or an interstate freight haul.
“That’s why our Government is committed to building a better future for the Hunter Region and for all Australians by delivering infrastructure like this new Anvil Creek Bridge.”