Cracked pylons repaired under Newcastle Bridge

REPAIRS to cracks in reinforced concrete pylons supporting Newcastle Bridge are expected to be completed by the middle of this month.

Workmen have been using 100-tonne steel frames to support the 50-year-old bridge while drilling out cracked sections, repairing pin joints and lubricating reservoirs at the base of each support to keep out water.

The bridge has remained open to traffic for this work but Main Roads WA said one lane would be closed temporarily to install an expansion joint at the town end.

The $618,000 cost is jointly funded by Federal and State money.