Thistle Street Bridge repairs

Closure of the bridge

We're undertaking and funding a $400,000 project to strengthen and repair the Thistle Street Bridge over Bendigo Creek to ensure this important structure can continue to serve the community for many years to come.

The project requires a full closure of the bridge while the works are underway with detours in place. Pedestrian access across the creek will remain available throughout the works via the separate footbridge.

Thistle Street bridge over Bendigo Creek
Thistle Street bridge over Bendigo Creek

Project works

The work is required as the bridge’s arch has developed a sag in the centre and the works will strengthen it in place and prevent any further settlement.

The project will involve removal of the road pavement and soil to expose the top of the arch, a new arch will be built on top of the old arch and the foundations will be rebuilt.

After the road is re-built there will be no evidence of the repairs.

Detour while works underway

Detour while Thistle Street bridge over bendigo creek. Use Myrtle or Laurel Street.
Thistle Street bridge closure map


Work is scheduled to start on Monday May 20 for an expected completion in August 2024.

About the Thistle Street Bridge

The Thistle Street bridge was originally constructed between 1900 and 1902 and is a remarkable example of the Monier concrete arch bridges designed and constructed by Monash & Anderson as it demonstrates an important stage in the development of reinforced concrete technology and early twentieth century engineering.  Eight Monier bridges were constructed in Bendigo and six remain to this day.

The Thistle Street bridge has historical significance not only for its design and construction, but also for the active involvement of Sir John Monash prior to him being knighted in WW1.