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Stockton Bridge
Stockton Bridge from Stockton.jpg
The Stockton Bridge as seen from approximately
1 km (0.6 mi) away in the suburb of Stockton
Coordinates 32°53′4.6″S 151°47′14.03″E / 32.884611°S 151.7872306°E / -32.884611; 151.7872306Coordinates: 32°53′4.6″S 151°47′14.03″E / 32.884611°S 151.7872306°E / -32.884611; 151.7872306
Carries
  • Motor vehicles
  • Bicycles
Crosses Hunter River
Locale Stockton, New South Wales, Australia
Named for Suburb of Stockton
Owner Transport for 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)
Number of spans 23
Piers in water 6
Clearance below 30 metres (98 ft)
History
Constructed by NSW Department of Main Roads
Construction begin 1968 (1968)
Construction cost A$6.5 million
Opened 1 November 1971 (1971-11-01)
Inaugurated 1 November 1971 (1971-11-01) by
Robert Askin, NSW Premier
Replaces Car ferry service

The Stockton Bridge is a road bridge that carries the Nelson Bay Road (B83) across the Hunter River, between Kooragang and Stockton in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. The bridge and Nelson Bay Road serve as the main transport route between Newcastle and the Tilligerry and Tomaree peninsulas in Port Stephens. The bridge carries motor vehicles and a central grade-separated shared cycleway and footpath.

History

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

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.

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 (98 ft) clearance over the shipping lane.

The Stockton Bridge was officially opened by Premier Robert Askin on 1 November 1971. 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.

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