Motorists advised of night closures and reduced load limits for Swan Hill Bridge
7 November 2015
Roads and Maritime Services advises motorists the Swan Hill Bridge will be closed for emergency night repairs from Sunday 15 November with continuing changed traffic conditions and reduced load limits.
From Monday 9 November a 3.1 metre width restriction will apply for the installation of a temporary support structure and kerb along the bridge.
A 15 tonne reduced load limit continues to apply to vehicles using the bridge, with larger vehicles up to 4.6 metres in height and 62.5 tonnes diverted to use the Nyah Bridge, adding about 45 minutes to a journey, provided travel is along the centre of the bridge.
Vehicles more than 4.6 metres high are being detoured via Tooleybuc Bridge.
Roads and Maritime South Western Regional Manager Lindsay Tanner said during a routine inspection, Roads and Maritime found the bridge trusses required urgent safety repair work. “Roads and Maritime immediately planned a schedule of work to install a temporary support structure called a Bailey truss, which will enable heavy vehicles to use the bridge while more permanent support work is completed. “This temporary support structure will be installed for structural repairs to be carried out from Sunday 15 November to Thursday 19 November at night to reduce the impact to motorists between 10pm and 6am, weather permitting.
“There will be no pedestrian access during these closures.
“Roads and Maritime is committed to completing repair work as quickly and safely as possible to minimise disruption to local business. We do not impose load limits unless there is a risk to the safety of road users.” “Scheduled work on Gonn Crossing Bridge has also been postponed to provide alternative access for heavy freight and motorists crossing the Murray River.
“Roads and Maritime will also carry out piling work on the pier on the Victorian side of the river on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 November.
“Motorists and pedestrians are advised there may be delays of up to 20 minutes at times to move machinery to the bridge. Pedestrian access will be maintained.
“Roads and Maritime is working to repair the bridge as quickly as possible and to remove the reduced load limit. Motorists are thanked for their patience and understanding during harvest time.”
For more information about changed traffic conditions in the area please visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/south-western/swan-hill-bridge/index.html or phone Lindsay Tanner on 0448 298 021.
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