LH Ford Bridge waterway re-opens just in time for summer

6 December 2019

As work to strengthen the LH Ford Bridge on the Macquarie River at Dubbo continues, waterway users and boaters are regaining access to the river on weekends and during school holidays.

Member for Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the $10 million project to strengthen the bridge involves building two new piers in the Macquarie River to provide better support for additional heavy vehicle loads.

“The project started in November 2018, with a waterway exclusion zone put in place around the work site in March to limit boaters,” Mr Saunders said.

“Work has progressed well in the past 12 months so the river will be opened on weekends from Saturday 7 December, which is great news for boaters."

“The river will also be accessible during the school holidays from Monday 23 December through to the end of January, with a five metre wide channel for waterway users to access under the bridge.”

Mr Saunders said the five metre channel will be clearly marked down the middle of the river.

“All vessels are asked to ensure they remain within the designated channel to ensure the safety of all boaters and waterway users,” he said.

“This is an excellent outcome for all boaters and waterway users, just in time for the summer boating season."

An exclusion zone will remain in place on weekdays to ensure the project can be completed safely.

Boaters and waterway users are advised the Macquarie River under the LH Ford Bridge will be closed for two weeks in late March 2020 to safely remove the suspended scaffolding.

For more information on other projects underway and being planned in and around Dubbo, please visit the Dubbo road projects page

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