Anvil Creek Bridge Replacement

  • Project typeBridge upgrade
  • Project scheduleDesign: Jun 2020 - Feb 2021; Construction: Feb 2022 - Apr 2022
Anvil Creek Bridge


Anvil Creek Bridge is a single lane, timber, two span structure that has reached its limit of serviceability. An independent structural assessment of the bridge identified a number of timber elements in a deteriorated condition and imposed load limit of 7 tonnes.

The bridge is scheduled to be replaced with a new 2 lane concrete bridge. Each lane will be 3.5m wide and there will be a 1m road shoulder on each side. There will be a 2.0m wide pedestrian pathway provided on the railway station side of the bridge. It will remove safety risk associated with a single lane bridge and have an open load limit and a life expectancy of at least 75 years.


The bridge is located on Nelson Street, Greta and crosses Anvil Creek approximately 1km west of New England Highway, in close proximity to Greta Railway Station. Nelson Street is classified as a sub arterial road providing connection between Greta and the Greta Railway Station. Further south to Nelson Street connects to Mansfield Street then Camp Road and Allendale Road.


Council has successfully secured funding from the Australian Government under the Bridges Renewal Program to allow for replacement of the bridge and associated road approaches.


(Jun 2020 - Feb 2021)

Bridge and road approach design has recently been completed and certified. The electrical and lighting design required due to a number of essential power pole relocations has been finalised. 

Power pole relocation

(Jul 2021) 

Power Pole relocations are scheduled to occur in July 2021 subject to Ausgrid Power outage scheduling and weather permitting.

Bridge construction

(Feb 2022 - Apr 2022)

Construction of the new bridge and road approaches is expected to commence in February 2022. The start of works is delayed due to further essential investigation work that needs to occur.

The new two lane concrete bridge will have the same span and increased clearance above the waterway. The bridge will decrease the incidence of flooding upstream and allow a less restricted and turbulent flow of water downstream.

Construction will involve:

  • Removal of the existing bridge
  • Construction of a new bridge on the same alignment
  • Utility services relocation
  • Approx. 200m of road works on the approaches

Please note: Relocation of the overhead power lines will need to take place prior to the bridge construction works.

A pedestrian bridge will be provided to maintain access to the Greta Railway Station for pedestrians, however all vehicles will be required to detour during the bridge closure period (see proposed detour map below). Information on the timing and duration of the bridge closure will be provided closer to the construction date.

Detour Map 

Variable Message Signs (VMS) will display specific detour timeframes closer to construction.  

Map of Anvil Creek Bridge upgrade changed traffic conditions