Stockton Bridge

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Stockton Bridge
Stockton Bridge from Stockton.jpg
The Stockton Bridge as seen from approximately 1km away in the suburb of Stockton
Carries Motor vehicles
Crosses Hunter River
Locale Kooragang - Stockton, New South Wales
Named for suburb of Stockton
Owner Government of New South Wales
Maintained by Newcastle City Council
Preceded by Hexham Bridge
Characteristics
Design Concrete arch bridge
Material Concrete and steel
Pier construction Concrete and steel
Total length 1,024 m (3,360 ft)
Height 52 m (171 ft) (highest point)
No. of spans 23
Piers in water 6
Clearance below 30 m (98 ft)
No. of lanes 4
History
Constructed by Department of Main Roads
Construction start 1968
Construction cost $6.5 million
Opened 1 November 1971

The Stockton Bridge is a bridge across the Hunter River between Kooragang and Stockton in New South Wales, Australia on Nelson Bay Road (B63), the main transport route between Newcastle and the Tilligerry and Tomaree peninsulas in Port Stephens.

History[edit]

Prior to the construction of the bridge, the Department of Main Roads operated a car ferry service between Wharf Road in Newcastle and Stockton.[1][2]

In May 1955, the Newcastle Harbour Crossing Committee was formed by the Newcastle City Council to investigate options to cross the Hunter River. Options investigated included bridges from Hunter Street and Nobbys Head to Stockton and an underwater tunnel. All were rejected as not feasible.[1]

Looking east along the bridge's pedestrian walkway from the highest point on the bridge.

The Kooragang Island reclamation project provided an answer. An initial plan to build a bridge from North Carrington to Stockton was rejected as it would interfere with shipping. The Tourle Street bridge opened in early 1965 from Mayfield to Kooragang Island, but it would not be until 1968 that construction commenced on the Stockton Bridge. A two lane vertical-lift bridge was proposed before it was decided to build a four lane, 23 span concrete arch bridge with a 30 metre clearance over the shipping lane.[1][3]

Stockton Bridge was officially opened by Premier Robert Askin on 1 November 1971.[4] At 1,024 m (3,360 ft), at the time of its opening, it was the longest bridge to have been built by the Department of Main Roads and the second longest bridge in New South Wales after the Sydney Harbour Bridge.[1][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Graceful Lightness crosses the water" Newcastle Herald 21 June 2012 page 26
  2. ^ Memories of life of the water Newcastle Herald 30 September 2016
  3. ^ Phillps, Valmai (1983). Bridges & Ferries of Australia. Sydney: Bay Books. p. 22. ISBN 9780858355682. 
  4. ^ "Vehicular Ferry Timeline". Newcastle Maritime Museum. Archived from the original on 18 March 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Stockton Bridge Opens" Newcastle Herald 2 November 1971 page 1