Burton Street bridge footway closure

Cutler Footway closure

Following investigation works, we plan to replace the Cutler Footway and refurbish the Burton Street Viaduct. We conducted structural, heritage, environmental, traffic and cost assessments in liaison with the joint owner, Woollahra Municipal Council. 

The structural engineering assessment confirmed that replacing the Cutler Footway is the safest and most viable option. The steel support attaching the footway to the bridge has corroded and is rusting away, making it unstable for pedestrian use.

We are preparing designs and associated documentation for the following works:

  • a new footway with new lighting and signs
  • repairs to the viaduct structure and concrete arches
  • repairs to the road and associated drainage system
  • updated safety barriers.

Some associated roadworks will commence in early 2018 with the aim to start work on the footway replacement in mid-2018. 

Alternative pedestrian access

For direct access between Burton and Liverpool streets, you can use the stairs on the other side of the bridge. This route is a similar distance and includes 44 steps.

For step-free access when heading eastbound:

  • walk 130m along West Street
  • turn right on Liverpool Street and walk 150m
  • continue straight ahead on Glenview Street for 50m
  • turn right on Liverpool Street and walk 100m to MacDonald Street.

The step-free route is about 250m longer than the direct route. We will continue to monitor these routes to ensure they are safe, clean and well lit. 

Transport for NSW is providing free bus travel across the bridge. 


For more information, please contact:

Craig Ryan
Community Engagement Coordinator
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Monday, 16 October 2017