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Thirroul cycleway bridge out of action for six weeks during maintenance work

The bridge over Hewitts Creek at Thirroul be be closed for about six weeks to allow maintenance work to be undertaken.

THE bridge over Hewitts Creek, linking Thirroul’s Hamilton Road and Sandon Point, Bulli, will close for about six weeks for essential repairs.

The popular cycling and walking pathway will be closed to allow Wollongong City Council to undertake maintenance work, which includes replacing the patched top-deck with a fibre-reinforced polymer minimesh decking system.

While the work is underway, a sign-posted detour will be in place that will provide cyclists the opportunity to use Thirroul’s pop-up cycleway, to ride through parts of McCauley’s Beach Estate and re-join the path from Wilkies Street. Pedestrians are also encouraged to use the alternative route.

The bridge will be closed from Monday, May 24 and is anticipated to be reopened by the end of July 2021.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the harsh marine environment has taken its toll on the bridge’s structure and handrails.

“We’ve timed this work in winter to minimise the impact to the local community,” he said.

“However, we are asking people to modify how they move about for a little while and we thank them for their understanding.

“This project is important. Anyone walking or riding the bridge can see its current decking needs to be repaired. We’ve done some patching to keep it useable but it’s at the point now where we need to do a more extensive repair effort.

“The works will also include removing the handrails and taking them away for cleaning, repairs and regalvanising, and repairs and repainting to the steel super structure.”


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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