Camp Street Bridge replacement

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to replace the Camp Street Bridge over Lake Forbes to improve safety for road users and help reduce future maintenance costs.

Visualisation of the new bridge
Visualisation of the new bridge

Project update

Following the display of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF), a submissions report is available.

The REF for the project proposal was placed on display in July 2018. The REF found that the proposal would not significantly effect the environment or community with the implementation of identified mitigation measures. Two submissions were received from the community. The project design has not been altered by the submissions received.

The submission report summarises the issues raised and provides responses to each issue.

We will keep the community updated as the project progresses.


The Camp Street Bridge was built in 1927 and is narrow, in poor condition and nearing the end of its life.

A new bridge is needed to meet current design standards and improve safety for motorists and pedestrians into the future.

A new bridge across Lake Forbes will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and reduce future maintenance requirements.

The project involves building a new, wider bridge across Lake Forbes with wider travel lanes and pedestrian/cyclist paths.

The design includes landscaping suitable to the surrounding lakeside environment. The lamp posts from the existing bridge will be incorporated in the design to complement the town's heritage aesthetics.

Project benefits

  • Improving road user safety through wider travel lanes, improved road approaches and pedestrian/cyclist paths across the new bridge
  • Improving connections for pedestrians and cyclists between both sides of Lake Forbes
  • Reduced ongoing maintenance costs
  • Improved environmental outcomes by managing stormwater runoff from the road into Lake Forbes
  • Retaining the lamp posts in the landscape design on the approach to bridge, to reference the past and link the bridge to the heritage aesthetic of the town
  • Unique design to provide an iconic structure for the Forbes community for the future.

Next steps

The heavy vehicle detour will be implemented prior to the demolition of the current bridge. To allow heavy vehicles to cross Iron Bridge, maintenance work will be completed and traffic lights will be installed. Maintenance work on Iron Bridge will commence in October with traffic lights installed on the bridge by May 2019.

We will continue to liaise with impacted stakeholders and the Forbes community during the construction period. We thank the community for their feedback during the REF period. 

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