Bridge lifts and closures

Bridge lifts

To schedule a bridge lift for the Barham Koondrook Bridge, Gonn Crossing / Murrabit Bridge, Swan Hill Bridge, Nyah Bridge or the Tooleybuc Bridge, please call the Moulamein Office on (03) 5887 5007.

A minimum of 24 hours notice is required (48 hours is preferred). Bridges can be lifted at 9:30am or 2:30pm to minimise effects on road traffic.

Bridge works

29 JUNE 2016

Work starts this week to build a temporary bridge crossing for motorists and pedestrians while the Barham Koondrook Bridge is restored.
The NSW Government has allocated $17 million for this project to improve safety and reduce future maintenance requirements.
“Early work includes setting up the site compound, installing fencing and environmental controls and removing trees. Work will then start to build the temporary bridge including intersections and road approaches,” a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.
“Traffic is expected to move on to the temporary crossing in late 2016, which will allow Roads and Maritime Services full access to continue restoring the historic timber truss and lift span bridge. Road users could be using the temporary bridge for up to 12 months.
“The temporary bridge crossing will allow the community to have continuous access across the river during the restoration work. The temporary bridge will be 4.2 metres wide, single lane with traffic controlled by a give way sign. Once built, the temporary bridge will restrict high river traffic as it does not have a lift span.
“As the temporary bridge building progresses during the next few months, there will be some occasional minor delays to traffic. When work starts on the Thule Street intersection with Murray Street, about September, Murray Street between Thule Street and the Royal Hotel will be closed to traffic for up to two weeks for the safety of motorists and workers.
“Advice will be provided to the surrounding community in advance of noisy activities such as pile driving and chainsawing around the bridge.
“There may be several short closures of the temporary bridge in late 2016 and early 2017 when work starts to remove and replace the truss spans. This is for the safety of workers and road users due to the close distance between the two bridges.
“Work will be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 6pm, and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm, weather permitting. Noisy activities will be restricted between 7.30am and 5pm.
“The next stages of restoration work on the Barham Koondrook Bridge will involve replacing the Victorian bridge end support, approach span and pier. Two timber truss spans will also be replaced and deck and painting and upgrading the lift span towers,” the spokesperson said.
Roads and Maritime has been progressively restoring the historic Barham Koondrook Bridge in recent years, including replacement of support elements, spans, pier and deck as well as mechanical upgrades.

It is one of the oldest lift span bridges on the Murray River and listed on the NSW and Victorian State Heritage registers.
The bridge will be retained for its heritage value and be upgraded to meet modern vehicle loads and volumes to ensure it continues to support the community.
“Roads and Maritime is continuing to investigate solutions to improve pedestrian safety on the bridge which meets the required heritage design values for a structure of this type,” the spokesperson said.
The community will be kept updated as the project progresses.
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