Restoration work starts on heritage-listed Pyrmont Bridge
The NSW Government announced today work has commenced on the $23 million structural restoration of the State heritage-listed Pyrmont Bridge at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
CEO of Property NSW, Brett Newman, said the remediation project, to be undertaken in stages over the next five years, would include the replacement of deteriorated timber sections within the bridge pier and truss sections to maintain the ongoing structural integrity of the bridge.
“Opened in 1902, Pyrmont Bridge is one of the oldest surviving electrically-operated swingspan bridges in the world and has been recognised as a National Engineering Landmark,” Mr Newman said.
“For much of the 20th century, Pyrmont Bridge was the main transport link between the city and Sydney’s burgeoning western suburbs, while its swing spans provided tall vessels with access to the goods and rail yards at Cockle Bay.
“Today, the bridge continues to connect people to our city, with more than 6 million pedestrians and cyclists moving across it, and the 600 vessels that pass through its swing span, each year.”
In 2016, the Government committed to investing $73 million to protect and enhance heritage assets along the Sydney Harbour foreshore, including commencing the structural restoration of Pyrmont Bridge and replacement of the Cockle Bay ferry wharves at Darling Harbour.
The projects are funded from the divestment of principally commercial government-owned assets which are not required for service delivery.
The first stage of the works will restore the timber pier sets below the Bridge and is expected to be completed by the end of next year. Pyrmont Bridge will remain open during the works.