Swan Hill Bridge maintenance work

The NSW and Victorian Governments are funding work to improve safety for motorists and reduce future maintenance requirements.

Roads and Maritime Services has started work to remove the temporary support structures (bailey) and install external support structures (bridge trusses).

This work will remove the 3.1 metre width restriction currently in place. View the video animation for more information.

Updates and announcements

Temporary night closures of Swan Hill Bridge over the Murray River

Extensive maintenance work on Swan Hill Bridge started in March 2018.

We have strengthened piers two and three and installed a new monorail on the underside of the bridge.

We have started the next stage of work which involves improving safety on the pedestrian walkway and installing external support structures to remove the current width restriction.

The bridge is closed between 11pm and 6am, Mondays to Thursdays with work expected to be completed in October 2018. Pedestrian access is being maintained.

Motorists are being detoured via Nyah Bridge on Speewa Road and should allow an extra one hour travel time during this work. Nyah Bridge has a height restriction of 4.6 metres.

This work will remove the 3.1 metre width restriction and return the bridge to its normal minimum width of 4.3 metres.

Motorists are reminded the bridge continues to operate at General Mass Limits only, which is 42.5 tonnes for semi trucks and 62.5 for B doubles, with a 3.1 metre width restriction in place.

Restrictions to heavy vehicle configurations during maintenance work

To prevent structural damage to the bridge, restrictions to some heavy vehicle configurations are required in the later stages of the maintenance work.

The heavy vehicle restrictions are expected to start end of August 2018 and are as follows:

  • Bridge Gross Limit - 42.5 tonne
  • Single Axle Limit - 6.5 tonne
  • Tandem Axle Limit - 16.5 tonne
  • Tri -Axle Limit - 20 tonne
  • B-Doubles - Excluded

We expect these restrictions to be in place until the end of October 2018.

To ensure the safety of all road users and our workers we are monitoring the bridge’s load capacity using sensors and cameras on the bridge.

Roads and Maritime and VicRoads’ heavy vehicle inspectors will also have an increased presence in the area monitoring heavy vehicle compliance.

We thank motorists for their patience during the essential maintenance work.

Work completed

Essential maintenance work on Swan Hill Bridge was completed in October 2016.

The work involved installing temporary support structures (bailey) on the NSW side to adequately strengthen the bridge for expected increased loading over the harvest season.

Trees that posed a risk of falling onto the bridge and reduced the visibility for motorists were also removed.

Temporary support structures (bailey) were installed on the Victorian side of the bridge in October 2015. Work included installing a temporary pedestrian walkway.

Video animation

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