LH Ford Bridge strengthening project to start in coming weeks
November 22, 2018
Work to strengthen the LH Ford Bridge at Dubbo is set to commence, with the project expected to improve safety for motorists and increase efficiency for higher mass limit vehicles.
Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the NSW Government has provided $10 million in funding for the work to extend the LH Ford Bridge’s service life, improve safety for road users and increase efficiency of the road network on this key freight route.
The funding is part of a significant spend the NSW Government has allocated for work on the city-shaping projects in Dubbo and will help to shape the city and community for generations to come.
The strengthening work to be carried out on the LH Ford Bridge will involve the construction of two new piers in the Macquarie River and strengthening works to address the sag in the bridge.
“Additional strengthening strands will be installed and other repairs will be carried out to the bridge structure to upgrade the bridge for use by Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles up to 68 tonnes,” Mr Grant said.
“The LH Ford Bridge is an important piece of infrastructure for regional New South Wales. The bridge first opened to the public in 1969, and at that time was the fourth longest highway bridge in NSW. It is 613 metres long built from precast reinforced concrete segments.
“The two new piers within the Macquarie River will provide better support for the span over the river and stabilise the sagging of this span.”
Connecting the new piers to the bridge deck and adjusting the bridge barriers will require some changed traffic conditions.
The community will be notified of any impacts to traffic as work progresses. Work is expected to be completed by early 2020.