URGENT NOTE: Swan Hill Bridge Closure (updated)

UPDATED: 20 November

NSW Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, today advised motorists that the Swan Hill Bridge load limit of 15 tonnes has been removed following the completion of emergency repair work this week.

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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More details are available on the RMS website, click here.

Full media release from Minister Duncan Gay, click here.


 

RMS have advised that reduced load limits apply until further notice on the Swan Hill Bridge across the Murray River for essential maintenance work.

The NSW and Victorian Governments have provided $1 million to improve safety for motorists and river traffic.

For the coming three months, Roads and Maritime Services will carry out work to replace sections of timber in the bridge trusses and routine maintenance to extend the life of the bridge and reduce future maintenance costs.

Preliminary work for upcoming bridge truss maintenance has shown repairs are required for support piers and one of the bridge trusses. While work is carried out, a load limit of 15 tonne will apply to Swan Hill Bridge.

Night bridge closures are still planned for early December as part of the initial work. Further advice on these closures will be provided closer to the time.

The reduced load limit means vehicles heavier than 15 tonne will not be able to use the Swan Hill Bridge for the next three months until the temporary work on the bridge pier is carried out.

Motorists are advised to plan their journeys with detours via Nyah Bridge for vehicles not exceeding 4.1 metres in height and Tooleybuc Bridge for vehicles exceeding 4.1 metres up to 4.6 metres in height. These detours are both not approved for Type 1 A-Double Road Trains. Class 1 Oversize and/or Overmass vehicles traveling under a permit are required to contact Wakool Shire Council to obtain consent for travel.

There will be no disruption to vehicles under 15 tonne and pedestrian access to the bridge will be maintained.

Roads and Maritime thanks motorists for their patience, particularly during harvest, while this repair work is carried out.

For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App for iPhone, iPad and Android.