Barham Koondrook Bridge opens to traffic

11 December 2018

Motorists will enjoy driving across the newly restored Barham Koondrook Bridge for the first time this week, with work on the historic Murray River crossing now complete.

Member for Murray Austin Evans has today announced the re-opening of the bridge, following extensive restoration work, jointly funded by a $25 million investment from the NSW and Victorian governments.

“The Barham Koondrook Bridge is one of the oldest lift span bridges across the Murray River, so it’s great to have motorists and pedestrians back on the bridge after more than 18 months of work,” Mr Evans said.

“The bridge is recognised for its significant heritage value, and has been restored in stages by Roads and Maritime Services and VicRoads since 2012.”

Mr Evans said motorists and pedestrians crossing the bridge will notice significant work which has gone into restoring this iconic heritage structure.

“The Barham Koondrook Bridge was originally built by Ernest De Burgh in 1904, and has since become a busy crossing to link the towns of Barham to the north and Koondrook to the south,” he said.

“The upgrade means the bridge now meets current vehicle loads and volumes, has new lighting for improved visibility and will serve the local community and visitors for years to come.

“Pedestrians will benefit from increased safety with a new walkway separating pedestrians from traffic, while visibility has improved with new heritage lighting installed to showcase the structure at night.

“The project also included replacing timber traffic barriers with steel barriers, replacing the bridge deck, upgrading mechanical parts of the lift span and installing scour protection along the river bank.”

Mr Evans said the project team and engineers worked hard to replace sections of the bridge while also protecting the environment and respecting the bridge’s heritage value.

“A containment area was built around the lift to avoid polluting the river during grit blasting work to remove paint,” he said.

Additional work will be carried out in 2019, including dismantling the temporary bridge, adjusting the approach roads and intersections, carrying out urban design and landscaping and removing site compounds.

Due to high river levels, the bridge piers will also be painted in 2019, weather permitting.

Roads and Maritime Services thanks motorists for their patience during this important road upgrade work.

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit or call 132 701.

For more details about this historic project, visit the Barham Koondrook Bridge page.

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