Construction of Lansdowne bridge

Lansdowne Bridge

The Australian and NSW governments jointly funded the $18.6 million upgrade and replacement of the Lansdowne Bridge over the Mulwaree River, Goulburn.

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AUG 2019

AUG 2019New Lansdowne Bridge now open to traffic – Tuesday 27 August

The new Lansdowne Bridge was opened to traffic on Tuesday 27 August, following a celebration with the Goulburn community.

The community attended an event to inspect the new bridge, which also features shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists as well as heritage interpretation signage.

Celebrations included announcing an additional and commemorative name for the bridge, the Harold E Boodge Freeman Bridge, after a local Aboriginal elder to acknowledge his contribution to the community.

The new bridge will be handed over to Goulburn Mulwaree Council to maintain and own.

Transport for NSW thanks the Goulburn community for their patience while the bridge has been closed and during construction.

You can view a timelapse of the project to view bridge demolition, construction and opening the new bridge to traffic.

Project information

Benefits of the new bridge and road approaches include:

  • Improving road user safety due to wider traffic lanes, improved road approaches and a shared path across the new bridge
  • A new intersection between Bungonia Road and Forbes Street to the east of the bridge
  • Reducing expensive and ongoing maintenance costs and providing a new asset with low maintenance costs fit for purpose for 100 years
  • Providing access for heavy vehicles to use the bridge.

Lansdowne Bridge was included in the state wide Timber Truss strategy in 2011 and at the time of public display was marked for retention.

During the consultation period, an extensive submission was received from Goulburn Mulwaree Council requesting a new bridge be built. After discussions with council and the consideration of a range of other factors including safety, maintenance and future bridge requirements, Roads and Maritime now plans to build a new bridge at Lansdowne and remove the old bridge.

This change to the strategy for Lansdowne Bridge has been endorsed by the NSW Heritage Council. Lansdowne Bridge is a de Burgh truss bridge and Roads and Maritime recognises the importance of retaining this style of bridge for historical purposes and has committed to retaining several other examples across the state.

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was displayed for community comment, assessing the potential impacts of the proposed design and identifying mitigation activities. This included obtaining approval from the Office of Environment and Heritage for the environmental impacts of the design on neighbouring heritage properties, and ensuring the project impacts are managed and met.

A total of 32 submissions were received while the REF was on display, with the majority of comments relating to the closure of Forbes Street and support for the new bridge. We considered this feedback from the community and Goulburn Mulwaree Council on the concept design and have retained access between Bungonia Road and Forbes Street to the east of the bridge.

We thank everyone who reviewed the document and provided feedback. We have now determined the REF for the bridge replacement option.

The REF submissions report has been published and summarises the comments, responses and details of the decision. The submissions report and REF can be viewed in project documents section.

View the bridge replacement option (PDF, 1.41Mb).

Lansdowne Bridge was closed permanently to road users in July 2016 until the new replacement bridge is built. The closure was required to ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Engineering assessments determined repairing and reopening the old bridge was not a viable option due to the extent of repair work required and ongoing maintenance costs.

Project documents

Project updates

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December 2018 project update

Lansdowne Bridge replacement, Goulburn.

June 2018 project update

Lansdowne Bridge replacement, Goulburn


Submissions report

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June 2017 Review of Environmental Factors submissions report 3.3Mb
Appendix A

Addendum Statement of heritage impact – Lansdowne Bridge

Appendix B

Revised landscape character and visual impact assessment


Review of Environmental Factors (REF)

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May 2014 main report 9.17Mb
Appendix A

General Arrangement of Lansdowne Bridge

Appendix B

Consideration of Clause 228 (2) factors and matters of national environmental significance

Appendix C

Statement of heritage impacts

Appendix E

Noise and vibration assessment

Appendix G

Aboriginal archaeological survey

Appendix H

Landscape character and visual assessment

Appendix I

Demographic summary



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