Lansdowne Bridge

The Australian and NSW Governments are jointly funding the $18.6 million upgrade and replacement of the bridge at Lansdowne.

The existing wooden timber truss bridge at Lansdowne
Lansdowne Bridge is closed permanently until a new replacement bridge is built

Updates and announcements

Project update

Tenders are now open to build the new Lansdowne Bridge. The successful contractor is expected to be announced in June with work to start as soon as possible.

Final preparations to make Lansdowne Bridge ready for safe demolition are currently underway. This work involves installing new underground electricity cables and removing overhead powerlines and is expected to be completed by mid-April, weather permitting.

Work will be carried out on weekdays between 7am and 6pm, with possible Saturday work taking place between 7am and 2pm.

During some activities single lane closures during work hours will be required on Bungonia Road and Forbes Street with traffic controllers in place to direct traffic flow.

Speed limits will be reduced to 40 km/h around the work.

Detours remain in place via Brisbane Grove Road and Forbes Street. View or download the detour map (PDF, 1.51Mb).

The community will continue to be updated as the project progresses.

View an image of the new Lansdowne Bridge (PDF, 1.09Mb), showing key features of the replacement bridge, including new road approaches to the bridge on Bungonia Road and intersection improvements at Forbes Street (looking south east).

Next steps

  • Constructing a large crane pad to allow crane access
  • Installing temporary street lighting on Bungonia Street until permanent street lights are installed
  • Preparations to build a working platform across the waterway
  • Constructing a 20 tonne steel frame in the waterway to support the bridge
  • Final removal of the old bridge by crane
  • Construction of the new bridge is expected to start in mid-2018 and be completed by mid-2019.

Bridge closure

Lansdowne Bridge was closed permanently to road users on Friday 22 July 2016. The bridge will remain closed until a new replacement bridge is built. The closure is required to ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Engineering assessments determined repairing and reopening the bridge was not a viable option due to the extent of repair work required and ongoing maintenance costs.

Detour routes

There are several alternative detour routes available while the Lansdowne Bridge is closed. For more information view the detour map.

Motorists are advised to add an additional three minutes to journey times.

  • Light and heavy vehicles travelling from Windellama or Bungonia can use Brisbane Grove and Braidwood roads to access Goulburn
  • Light vehicles can also use Forbes Street and Park Road to access to the town centre
  • Drivers are reminded the rail underpass on Park Road has a height restriction of 3.1 metres.
  • In low level flooding events, light vehicles can use Forbes Street and Hetherington Street to access North Goulburn
  • Light vehicles can also use Memorial Road and Hetherington Street to access North Goulburn
  • For the safety of motorists the speed limit on the detour route via Brisbane Grove Road has been reduced to 80km/h.

Motorists are advised to never drive through flood waters and to follow the advice of emergency services during storm events, including observing all temporary road closures due to flooding.

Project benefits

The new bridge will provide additional features and benefits including:

  • Improving road user safety due to wider traffic lanes, improved road approaches and providing a shared path across the new bridge
  • A new intersection between Bungonia Road and Forbes Street to the east of the bridge
  • Reducing expensive and ongoing maintenance costs and providing a new asset with low maintenance costs fit for purpose for 100 years
  • Eliminating potential for lead contamination of the waterway from the deteriorating paintwork on the bridge
  • Minimising disruption to the community in the long term as the bridge will no longer need to be closed for frequent maintenance
  • Providing access for heavy vehicles to use the bridge
  • Recycling of timber to be used in the maintenance of other timber truss bridges.

Community engagement

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was displayed for community comment, assessing the potential impacts of the proposed design and identifying mitigation activities. This included obtaining approval from the Office of Environment and Heritage for the environmental impacts of the design on neighbouring heritage properties, and ensuring the project impacts are managed and met.

A total of 32 submissions were received while the REF was on display, with the majority of comments relating to the closure of Forbes Street and support for the new bridge. We considered this feedback from the community and Goulburn Mulwaree Council on the concept design and have retained access between Bungonia Road and Forbes Street to the east of the bridge.

We thank everyone who reviewed the document and provided feedback. We have now determined the REF for the bridge replacement option.

The REF submissions report has been published and summarises the comments, responses and details of the decision. The submissions report and REF can be viewed in project documents page.

View the bridge replacement option.

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