Transport for NSW has built a new bridge over the Wakool River on the Noorong Road, also known as the Swan Hill to Deniliquin Road, 37 kilometres east of Swan Hill. The $23 million project is part of the NSW Government’s Bridges for the Bush program, which aims to improve freight productivity in regional areas.
MAY 2020New bridge opens to traffic ahead of schedule
The new Gee Gee Bridge has opened to traffic two months ahead of schedule.More information
Work on the structure, which is now owned by Murray River Council, was expected to be completed in mid-2020.
Motorists can no longer access the old Gee Gee Bridge. The old bridge is anticipated to be demolished in the latter half of this year.
An interpretation board marking the original timber truss structure’s significance to the local community is due to be installed in 2021.
FEB 2020Photographs preserve history at Gee Gee Gee Bridge
A photographic archival recording has been carried out to preserve images of the old Gee Gee Bridge that played a significant role in the expansion of the NSW road network and state economy over the last century.More information
Photographic archival recordings capture heritage structures through a detailed report, including original specifications and a catalogue of photos, so future generations can have a glimpse of the past.
While the old bridge couldn’t keep up with modern day transport needs, we have ensured it will be remembered. Copies of the photographic archival recording are available from Heritage NSW and Murray River Council library.
View or download a copy of the Gee Gee Bridge Photographic Archival Report (PDF, 34Mb).
Work to build the new Gee Gee Bridge started in September 2018.
The new bridge opened to traffic in April 2020, when the new structure was formally handed over to Murray River Council.
The work was carried out by Nelmac Pty Ltd, of Yackandandah.
It is anticipated the old bridge will be demolished in the latter half of 2020.
A review of environmental factors (REF) was displayed in Moulamein, Barham and Murray Downs between 17 July and 14 August 2017. Please view or download the REF report and appendices from the project documents section below.
No submissions were received to the REF, which assessed the likely impacts of the proposal on the environmental and detailed the protective measures to be implemented.
Gee Gee Bridge was built in 1929. It is a Dare type timber truss bridge and is listed on the State Heritage Register. The bridge has a single traffic lane and vehicles give way to oncoming traffic.
The bridge has been identified for replacement under the Timber Truss Bridge Strategy, which was endorsed by the Heritage Council of NSW in August 2012.
Key features of the proposal include:
- a new two-lane concrete bridge across the Wakool River and floodplain, 15 to 20 metres downstream (north) of the existing Gee Gee Bridge and flood relief bridge. The bridge would have a length of about 245 metres
- realigning about 1.4 kilometres of Noorong Road
- demolishing and removing the existing Gee Gee Bridge and flood relief bridge
Noorong Road links Deniliquin in NSW and Swan Hill in Victoria, and has been identified as a strategic freight route in NSW. It is also an alternative freight route between Wagga Wagga in NSW and Swan Hill.
The existing Gee Gee Bridge and flood relief bridge restrict traffic because they do not meet current road design standards. The existing bridges:
- are narrow, with one lane, and vehicles must give way to oncoming traffic
- are not suitable for higher mass limit vehicles (HML) or oversized vehicles
- cannot be upgraded to meet the future operational needs of Noorong Road
The proposal is required to meet current road design standards, remove traffic restrictions and improve road safety.
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Heritage Photographic Archival Recording Report
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Review of Environmental Factors (REF)
June 2017 Review of Environmental Factors
Consideration of Clause 228(2). Factors and matters of national environmental significance
Responses to consultation
Noise and vibration
Statement of heritage impact
Landscape and visual
For more information about this project please contact the Project Manager Brendan Maher:
Phone: (02) 6923 6635.