Wentworth Bridge upgrade nears completion

18 November 2013

Wentworth Bridge upgrade nears completion

An upgrade to the lifting mechanisms of Wentworth Bridge over the Darling River at Wentworth is nearing completion with improved access and safety expected for road and water users, John Williams The Nationals Member for Murray-Darling said.

“The NSW Government has provided $1.9 million to replace the lifting mechanism which opens the bridge to waterway traffic higher than 5.3 metres,” Mr Williams said.

“The project aims to replace aging infrastructure and reduce future maintenance costs.

“Roads and Maritime Services consulted with the community before work started to minimise delays for motorists and other road users during three planned road closures.

“Roads and Maritime thanks road and waterway users for their patience while work was carried out and during the two recent full bridge closures.

“Operation of the liftspan resumed on 27 September. One final night closure planned to remove the old hydraulic cylinders from the liftspan and complete final work from 10pm on Sunday 24 November to 5am Monday 25 November.

During this time, the road and the pedestrian path will be closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The waterway under the span will also be closed to vessels.

“Maintaining infrastructure in the south west of NSW is part of Roads and Maritime Services’ commitment to improving every journey,” Mr Williams said.

A three hour detour will be available via Pooncarie during the bridge closure.

Emergency vehicles will be able to cross the bridge when required.

Motorists are advised to plan their journey, allow extra travel time and obey all signs.

Vessels less than 5.3 metres in height can navigate the bridge however as river heights can vary boat skippers are advised to check clearances.

Wet weather may change work dates and times.

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Contact: John Williams 0438 808 722

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