Wallsend’s Tyrrell Street Bridge Replacement

Filed under Infrastructure, News ~ by Press on  25 Sep 2019

Work has begun on a $3.3 million replacement of Tyrrell Street Bridge to combat flooding of the township.

The new higher and longer bridge will allow more floodwater to pass through the channel. Existing Tyrrell Street road pavements adjacent to the bridge will be raised to bridge level.

The existing Tyrrell Street Bridge was built in 1930 and is 17.5 metres long and 2.6 metres high. The new bridge will be 26.6 metres long between abutments and approximately 3 metres high.

Bridgework is part of the Ironbark Creek Flood Mitigation Plan that proposes new bridges at Boscawen Street and Nelson Street to increase flow capacity at the Cowper Street Bridge. The plan includes widening of Hunter Water’s channel for greater water flow during heavy rainfall.

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said replacing the Tyrrell Street Bridge was part of a plan to revitalise Wallsend.

Wallsend is a high-flood-prone area, so this project aims to prevent the damaging impacts caused by major rain events that we’ve see in the past,” the Lord Mayor said.

While City of Newcastle is pleased to be investing over $3 million into the replacement of Tyrrell Street Bridge, we continue to advocate to the NSW and Commonwealth governments to assist us to deliver the full Ironbark Creek Flood Mitigation Plan in the most timely manner.

The Tyrrell Street Bridge replacement was identified as a priority and is the first work recommended by the Wallsend Floodplain Risk Management Plan (FRMP).

The work complements other planned remediation as part of the Wallsend Public Domain and Traffic Plan.

The bridge reconstruction project is expected to be completed in 2020.

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