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

Project Update

From Wednesday 22 February further investigations will be carried out for two weeks as planning continues to replace Lansdowne Bridge. Geotechnical and utility survey investigations will be carried out at the project site and on Forbes and Bungonia Roads near the bridge.

Some lane closures and alternating traffic will be in place on Wednesday 22 February with minor delays expected between 9am and 3pm. Work will then be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays, with a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h in place at times for the safety of workers and motorists.

Roads and Maritime Services is continuing to work with Goulburn Mulwaree Council on the preferred design option for the replacement bridge and approaches to the bridge.

We are continuing to work with the Office of Environment and Heritage to progress the planning and environmental approvals required.

Lansdowne Bridge remains closed to traffic with detours in place via Brisbane Grove Road and Forbes Street. View or download the detour map. For the safety of motorists the speed limit on the detour route via Brisbane Grove Road will be reduced to 80km/h.

Next Steps

The Office of Environment and Heritage is currently considering the impacts of the preferred option on two heritage properties and is expected to provide environmental approval for the impacts in early 2017. The community will be updated on the outcome of the assessment of the preferred design once it is determined.

Demolition of the existing bridge is expected to take place in late 2017 and construction of the replacement bridge is expected to start in early 2018. These timeframes are dependent on obtaining relevant planning and heritage approvals. If additional approvals are required, this will extend the start dates.

We appreciate your patience while we continue investigations for the replacement of the bridge.

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.

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
  • For the safety of motorists the speed limit on the detour route via Brisbane Grove Road will be 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

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

The concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was displayed for community feedback in June 2014. Following the feedback received, Roads and Maritime has undertaken further studies and investigations for the most suitable option.

We considered feedback from the community and council on the design displayed in June 2014 and have retained access between Bungonia Road and Forbes Street to the east of the bridge. View the current preferred design.

The Office of Environment and Heritage is assessing the impacts of the preferred option on two heritage properties and is expected to provide environmental approval for the impacts in early 2017.

The final bridge replacement design and REF submissions report will be displayed after the heritage approval is obtained.

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