Reduced load limit on Swan Hill Bridge on the Murray River
29 October 2015
Reduced load limits apply from today 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,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.
“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.”
Vehicles heavier than 15 tonne will need to allow an additional 45 minutes travel time, with detours via Nyah Bridge.
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.
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