Shark Point Road – Bridge NOW OPEN


Great news – the bridge crossing the Orielton Rivulet on Shark Point Road is now open for traffic! Line marking will be completed as soon as practical. Thank you to our community for your patience whilst these emergency works were completed.


The wet weather and high levels of rainfall we’ve experienced recently has unfortunately caused some delays to construction of the new Orielton Rivulet Bridge.

However, we advise that the new bridge will be complete and open to traffic from COB Friday 23 September 2022.

We know the closure of Shark Point Road has been frustrating and inconvenient for our community, but we’ve really appreciated your patience and understanding whilst we have worked to have this important infrastructure asset replaced.


Our contractor continues to make sound progress on the replacement of the bridge on Shark Point Road. However, the significant amount of rainfall we’ve experienced recently has caused delays, with works currently one week behind schedule. This will mean the bridge will likely not be open until early September, dependent on the weather not causing any further delays.

We appreciate your patience as we progress these important replacement works!

UPDATE – 5 JULY 2022

Works on the replacement of the bridge over the Orielton Rivulet along Shark Point Road are progressing well. Whilst the works are not visible on-site, they have been ongoing off-site for some weeks now.

Geotechnical investigations are complete and have informed the structural engineering design of the bridge. The manufacturing of the precast concrete elements of the replacement bridge are well underway.  The Contractor is due to begin on-site works in August. Works on-site are expected to take approx. 4 weeks to complete.

As previously advised, we expect the bridge and Shark Point Road through access to re-open in late August 2022. We know the closure continues to be a source of frustration and inconvenience, but we really appreciate your ongoing patience.  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

UPDATE – 13 MAY 2022

As we’ve previously advised, Shark Point Road had to be closed due to an unanticipated structural failure of the bridge crossing the Orielton Rivulet. Safety and duty of care for the community was priority, so Council had no choice but to close Shark Point Road immediately.

Works to repair the bridge were investigated immediately. However, as investigations progressed, the decision was made to replace the bridge entirely with an alternative design, rather than repair the current bridge.  The cost for this replacement comes at a greater cost, but it will assist in future proofing the bridge and limit the risk of a similar structural failure happening again.  

The design and manufacturing stage of the replacement bridge structure has commenced, with preliminary design reviews underway onsite. Geotechnical investigations are to be completed as soon as possible. Following the manufacture of the precast concrete elements of the replacement bridge, the Contractor will be starting works onsite in June with works estimated to be completed within 10 weeks, subject to weather and sub-contractor availability. We expect the bridge and Shark Point Road through access to re-open in August 2022.

We know this has been a frustrating and inconvenient time for everyone and we apologise. The cost of replacing the bridge was not budgeted by Council which will likely affect the timing of some projects in next financial years capital works program. We are doing our best to ensure we repair the bridge as efficiently and safely as possible for the best long term outcome for our community. We appreciate your ongoing patience!


The bridge crossing the Orielton Rivulet on Shark Point Road remains closed to ALL traffic for emergency assessment and works on a box culvert.

Shark Point Road remains open, but the Bridge is closed and cannot be used. There are electronic message board on the Penna Road end and the Tasman Highway end alerting drivers to the closure.

Please detour via Brinktop Road and the Sorell Causeway.

We’ve completed a design for the repair of the bridge. We are now seeing quotes from qualified and available contractors to undertake the works. The works will take approximately 12 weeks to complete once they have commenced. We will advise a work start date once it is confirmed.

The walking track along Shark Point Road (Orielton Lagoon Loop) is still open and able to be used.

We apologise for this inconvenience but the safety of our community is priority. Thank you for your patience and understanding.