Coraki residents will see the heritage-listed Glebe Bridge across the Richmond River undergo a maintenance makeover, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

Mr Gulaptis said the bridge, built in 1905, required regular maintenance to ensure it continued to provide safe journeys across the river for the local community.

“The nine-span timber and steel bridge is a local landmark, which requires increased maintenance to ensure it is safe due to its age and heritage significance,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Transport for NSW will be carrying out an extensive maintenance program, which involves pier strengthening, paint removal and repainting, and river bed protection.”

The Glebe Bridge will remain open during most of the work, with traffic control measures in place and stoppages of up to 10 minutes.

Much of the work will be carried out below the water line, with limited impacts on motorists.

Bridge closures are expected for two half-days in late June and August, with the community to be advised well in advance once dates are confirmed.

Alternative routes to the north are available, including via Tuckurimba Road-Wyrallah Road to the south, or travelling west via Tatham to South Gundurimba.

Heavy vehicles will be detoured via Woodburn or Casino, adding approximately 25 to 30 minutes travel time.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

Work is expected to take about 18 months to complete, weather permitting.

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