Lansdowne Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to build a new bridge at Lansdowne and remove the old bridge.

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

Updates and announcements

Updated bridge closure detour routes

In response to the recent wet weather experienced across regional New South Wales, Roads and Maritime Services advises motorists that there are additional alternative routes available following the closure of Lansdowne Bridge earlier this year.

Detours are in place and 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 more information view the detour map.

Roads and Maritime advises motorists 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.

Roads and Maritime also advises motorists that the closure of Lansdowne Bridge has not adversely affected the routes into Goulburn during extended flood events.

Bridge replacement update

Roads and Maritime awarded a contract for the final detailed design of the new concrete bridge and approaches in August 2016 and is progressing the project in response to community and stakeholder feedback.

Roads and Maritime has completed the updated environmental studies to support the project proposal, with an outcome expected by early 2017. Roads and Maritime plans to display the final bridge replacement option in early 2017.

Bridge closure

Roads and Maritime advises motorists Lansdowne Bridge will be closed permanently until a new replacement bridge is built.

Lansdowne Bridge was closed to all road users on Friday 22 July 2016 to ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians after Roads and Maritime carried out a recent bridge inspection.

Engineers recently assessed the bridge and it was determined repairing and reopening the bridge was not a viable option due to the extent of repair works required and ongoing maintenance costs. A decision has been made to close the bridge and continue with plans to remove the existing bridge and build a new concrete bridge.

Investigations into a modern replacement bridge are continuing in consultation with Goulburn Mulwaree Council. The timeframe for construction of the new bridge will be influenced by the environmental approval process and preparation of detailed design.

Roads and Maritime has carried out regular inspections of the bridge and last September reduced the gross vehicle mass load limit to 18 tonnes from 42.5 tonnes due to structural safety concerns.

The community will be kept informed as the project progresses.

For more information please see the frequently asked questions fact sheet.

Detour options

Detours are in place and 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.
  • For more information view the detour map.

If this closure has a major impact on your daily commute, essential services, or business, please contact Roads and Maritime Services on southernprojects@rms.gov.au to determine possible interim solutions.

Project background

Lansdowne Bridge was included in the state wide Timber Truss strategy in 2011 and at the time of public display was marked for retention.

During the consultation period, an extensive submission was received from Goulburn Mulwaree Council requesting a new bridge be built. After discussions with council and the consideration of a range of other factors including safety, maintenance and future bridge requirements, Roads and Maritime now plans to build a new bridge at Lansdowne and remove the old bridge.

This change to the strategy for Lansdowne Bridge has been endorsed by the NSW Heritage Council. Lansdowne Bridge is a de Burgh truss bridge and Roads and Maritime recognises the importance of retaining this style of bridge for historical purposes and has committed to retaining several other examples across the state.

Project benefits

Replacing the Lansdowne Bridge will provide a number of benefits including:

  • Improved safety due to wider traffic lanes and improved road approaches
  • Reduction of expensive and ongoing maintenance costs which would be required if the bridge were to be retained
  • Elimination of the potential for lead contamination of the waterway from the deteriorating paintwork on the bridge
  • Minimised disruption to the community in the long term as the bridge will no longer need to be closed for frequent maintenance
  • Allowance for HML (Higher Mass Limit) vehicles which will allow all vehicles to use the bridge
  • Recycling of timber to be used in the maintenance of other timber truss bridges.

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime invited the community to comment on the project in January 2013, and after the review of environmental factors was published.

After feedback from the display of a concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) in June 2014, Roads and Maritime has decided to undertake further studies/investigation for the most suitable option.

The outcome of these further investigations is due to be known in early 2017 and the preferred bridge replacement will be displayed shortly after.

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