On Friday 20 November, NSW Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, advised motorists that the Swan Hill Bridge load limit of 15 tonnes has been removed following the completion of emergency repair work.
Minister Gay said heavy vehicles of 42.5 tonne semi-trailers and 62.5 tonne B-Doubles (General Mass Limits), can now access the bridge to support the transport of grain and other produce from areas such as Wakool and Conargo across the Murray River at Swan Hill.
“A temporary support structure called a Bailey truss has been installed to enable heavy vehicles to continue using the Swan Hill Bridge while permanent improvements are planned,” Mr Gay said.
“I am well aware we in harvest at the moment – and these works which needed to be carried out for the safety of all motorists inconvenienced many freight operators and farmers transporting grain and other produce to vast parts of the state.
“The load limit was an essential precaution to ensure the work could be carried out safely and efficiently and that we take the safety of all motorists traveling on our roads seriously.
“I would like to thank the community for their patience at the time of the grain harvest while the essential work was carried out.”
“We will continue to monitor and maintain the bridge and advice about further permanent repair work will be distributed to the heavy vehicle freight industry and the community as this planning continues.”
A 3.1 metre width restriction still applies from Monday 9 November due to the installation of a kerb along the bridge to protect the Bailey truss and will remain in place until permanent repair work is completed.
Vehicles wider than 3.1 metres can cross at Nyah Bridge, which is an extra 45 minutes travel time, or via Murrabit or Gonns Crossing Bridge which is an extra 90 minutes travel time.
The lift span will continue to operate as normal.
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Full media release from Minister Duncan Gay, click here.