Murray River bridges - in planning

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Murray River Crossings Investment Priority Assessment January 2018

An assessment of the 32 Murray River crossings has been carried out as a joint project between Roads and Maritime Services and VicRoads.

The Murray River Crossings Investment Priority Assessment will help to inform and prioritise future investment decisions for the crossings.

The assessment was reviewed earlier this year to take into account the construction of a new crossing at Echuca Moama Bridge and restoration of Barham Koondrook Bridge, expected to finish this year.

The assessment process considered each crossing in relation to its Higher Mass Limit for freight; connectivity; road safety performance and asset reliability; condition of the bridge; proximity to nearest alternate crossing; and dedicated facilities for pedestrians and cyclists (for twin towns). The heritage impact was not considered.

Multi-criteria analysis was used to generate a score for each crossing, categorising each into short (five years), medium (five to 10 years) and long-term (10 years +) priorities for likely future investment. A list of these priorities can be found in the assessment report.

The assessment does not focus on specific crossing solutions. The next steps will be to identify and prioritise solutions for the short, medium and long term.

The Murray River Crossings Investment Priority Assessment (PDF, 1.39Mb) is now available to view or download.

Project background

Current planning to replace bridges along the Murray River include:

  • Swan Hill
  • Yarrawonga and Mulwala
  • Tooleybuc

Swan Hill Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services has completed a planning study into a replacement bridge over the Murray River Bridge at Swan Hill.

The preferred option is an intermediate level bridge upstream of the existing bridge known as Option 9a.

For more information visit the Swan Hill Bridge planning study page on the VicRoads website.

You can also download the June 2013 Environmental Investigations Submissions Report and the June 2011 Environmental Investigation.

Yarrawonga and Mulwala

The NSW and Victorian governments announced in May 2009 the joint funding of a planning study led by VicRoads into the feasibility of six identified routes for a new crossing between Yarrawonga in Victoria and Mulwala in NSW. In June 2011 three crossing options (Green, Yellow and Grey) and three connections to the Murray Valley Way (A,B and C) were shortlisted for further investigation.

The Grey route was announced in November 2015 as the preferred option.

For more information visit the VicRoads website.

Tooleybuc Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services, in partnership with VicRoads, identified three strategic route options for further investigation to replace the Murray River bridge on the Mallee Highway at Tooleybuc.

The yellow option, a high level bridge downstream of the existing bridge, has been identified as the preferred option.

The project is part of the NSW’s Government Bridges for the Bush initiative, which aims to improve freight productivity in regional areas.

For more information please visit the Tooleybuc Bridge replacement page.

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