Stingray Creek Bridge

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Consultation has concluded

Community Celebration

At midday on Saturday 10 December the one lane of the new Stingray Creek bridge will be open for traffic.

Before this happens you are invited to come along and join a community celebration with light entertainment, activities and food stalls. The day will feature local community groups coming together to help celebrate and look back at the bridges history from its early days as a one lane ‘humpty back’ bridge.

After the opening the northbound lane will open to traffic. The old bridge will continue to carry the southbound traffic until late January. Once

Community Celebration

At midday on Saturday 10 December the one lane of the new Stingray Creek bridge will be open for traffic.

Before this happens you are invited to come along and join a community celebration with light entertainment, activities and food stalls. The day will feature local community groups coming together to help celebrate and look back at the bridges history from its early days as a one lane ‘humpty back’ bridge.

After the opening the northbound lane will open to traffic. The old bridge will continue to carry the southbound traffic until late January. Once both lanes are in operation, the old bridge will be demolished, which is expected to take approximately 6 months.

Parking for the celebration is available on the Laurieton side of the bridge at the Vince Inmon sporting complex in Castle St.

A second, more official opening is planned for 2017 with Port Macquarie-Hastings Councillor’s, Councils Project Team, Construction Partners and State Government dignitaries
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.


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    Is the old bridge open?

    Janett asked almost 6 years ago

    Thanks for the question.

    Yes the current bridge is still open.
    Smithbridge is currently constructing a temporary bridge beside the existing bridge so that the majority of the construction can occur without needing to close the bridge.

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    Is the wider footpath on the south side of the bridge, as shown on early plans, to maintain a link between existing footpaths on the western and eastern sides of the bridge?

    wej asked about 6 years ago

    Yes. The intention of the wider “shared” footpath planned on the south side of the bridge is to provide a continuous linkage between the western & eastern pathways. The shared path is to accommodate pedestrians & cyclists.

    Thank you for your question.





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    Are you able to advise an anticipated completion date of this bridge work? In your media release of 11 December 2014 it stated "The anticipated construction timeline from the awarding of tenders to bridge completion is estimated at 18 months" yet in the Port Macquarie News, an article written by Lisa Tisdell and dated Dec 12 2014 states: "MOTORISTS should be driving across a new Stingray Creek bridge by Christmas 2017 after the project on Thursday got an $8.4 million boost". We would be grateful if you could please advise an estimated completion date for this project, and whether '2017' may have been a typo, meaning '2016', or if Christmas 2017 is the expected completion date. We own land but do not live in the Port Macquarie region so we are depending on articles we can find on the web. Thank you

    marijbee asked over 6 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    You are spot on about a typo. All going according to plan the bridge would be ready by Christmas 2016.

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    What will the load limit be on the new bridge? Will this limit allow fully laden trucks (e.g. Sand/gravel, supermarket delivery, large tourist buses) to access the new bridge and if so, how do you predict this will this impact traffic flow, pedestrian safety and general amenity in North Haven?

    FR asked over 6 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The bridge has been designed to carry normally laden vehicles that are currently permitted to operate on local, regional or State Highways in the area.

    The main origin-destination for heavy vehicles is from south of Kew to Port Macquarie.
    The Pacific Highway provides a quicker, more direct route for these road users.
    It is therefore considered that truck volumes will not increase significantly.

    The new bridge has been designed to improve access for pedestrians, cyclists and scooters with a footpath (1.7m wide) on the northern side and a shared cycleway and footpath (2.9m wide) on the southern side.



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    Who is PMHC's Project Manager for the Stingray Creek Bridge replacement project?

    RobA asked over 6 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Council has engaged “NSW Public Works” to project manage the construction project and to provide construction supervision.





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    Hi , we live at 520 Ocean Drive North Haven,presently the empty truck usage is a lot.The trucks make very loud noises cfrom 6.00am on the road due to dips and cracks,when the new bridge is built I believe full loaded gravel trucks will be able to use it.will improvement to the surface of Ocean Rd through North Haven to lessen the noise and fix the deteriorating surface. This is a small village with trucks traveling well in excess of the speed limits on a Narrow Road. The bridge should have been built to bypass the main street of North Haven not send more dangerous speeding ,noisy trucks through it

    traffic noise and usage asked over 6 years ago

    Thank you for your questions.

    Firstly in answer to your question about future plans to fix the road.
    Council has developed an overall pavement management program for the entire LGA. As part of this, works are set on a priority dependent on hierarchy and pavement condition.
    At this stage, there is no additional work specifically identified for Ocean Drive North Haven, however we will continue to monitor the road in line with Council’s maintenance program.

    Secondly in relation to the positioning of the new bridge.
    The location of the bridge was decided after extensive community consultation to assess a number of proposed sites for the replacement bridge. The route options study was undertaken throughout 2007 and included numerous public displays and public information sessions. Based on this information Council resolved to adopt the Option 3A which is the current site for the bridge. All planning for the bridge replacement has been consistent with this resolution.





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    Who is the successful Contractor and has the Contract been signed. When will the contractor start on site.

    Ross Stewart asked over 6 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The tender assessment for construction of the bridge is currently away. An announcement regarding the successful renderer is not expected before the next Ordinary Council Meeting in April 2015.

    Work will commence following this decision, which is not expected to be prior to mid 2015.

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    what is the side for pedestrians, bikes on the bridge?the existing bridge requires walkers to cross the road twice to get from laurieton riverside walk to the walkway that goes to the beach.

    svince40 asked over 6 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The new bridge includes a 3.0m wide Shared Pedestrian Cycleway on the southern side and an additional 1.8m wide Walkway on the northern side.

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    Can PMHC provide the short list of companies tendering on the project ?

    Scott Ford asked over 6 years ago
    Thank you for your question.

    The short listed companies tendering are:
    • Abergeldie Pty Ltd
    • BMD constructions Pty Ltd
    • Civilbuild Pty Ltd
    • Ditchfield Contracting Pty Ltd
    • Smithbridge Pty Ltd

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    Will there be adequate provision for cyclists, pedestrians, double prams and motorised mobility aids to access a wide enough safe pathway across the bridge? Currently the pathway is far too narrow and on the wrong side of the bridge to take advantage of the existing pathways.

    jamk asked over 7 years ago

    The safety for walkers, prams, motorised scooters and cyclists will be significantly improved by the new bridge. The new bridge includes a concrete footpath(1.7m wide) on the northern side and a concrete shared cycleway/footpath (2.9m wide) on the southern side.