LH Ford Bridge strengthening

LH Ford Bridge strengthening

Construction of two new piers within the Macquarie River to support drop in span.

This work is part of Dubbo road projects - Building a better Dubbo - Road work, that works for you.

Project information

Work continues on the construction of two additional piers at LH Ford Bridge.

To enable safe completion of this work the bridge will need to be closed for up to three nights including Wednesday 25 March and Thursday 26 March between the hours of 8pm to 6am and if required, Friday 27 March between the hours of 11pm and 6am. We will only work on Friday 27 March if inclement weather is experienced on the previous nights.

On Monday 30 March, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane only between the hours of 8pm and 6am, expect short delays.

During the closures vehicle movements will be detoured across the Emilie Serisier Bridge. Connecting the new piers is highly technical and as such the dates may need to be amended to complete this stage of the project.

There will be some noise and lighting generated by this work, we will make every effort to minimise these impacts.

From Saturday 7 December 2019 the Macquarie river access reopened to waterway users for weekends and school holidays. The river will continue to be closed Monday to Friday outside of school holidays to allow the safe completion of the project.

The exclusion zone currently in place will be removed during weekends and school holidays allowing recreational users to once again have safe access under the bridge via a five metre channel. The five metre channel will be clearly delineated down the middle of the river and we ask all vessels to ensure they remain within this designated channel.

There will be a requirement to close the waterway every day for two weeks towards the end of March for the safe removal of the suspended scaffolding.

  • Cost: $10 million
  • Description:
    The LH Ford Bridge is a 613m long reinforced concrete bridge which was first opened to the public in 1969. At the time the bridge was the fourth longest highway bridge in NSW. The bridge is nearly 50 years old and needs significant maintenance work in order to maintain the design life of this important bridge.
  • Benefits:
    • increase the life of LH Ford Bridge
    • improve safety for all road users
    • increase efficiency of the road network
    • reduce maintenance costs.
  • What we are doing:
    The project involves the construction of two new piers within the Macquarie River to support the drop in span.
  • How we are doing it:
    • building two new piers, one either side of the river
    • repair cracking in the concrete next to the bridge bearings
    • stop further long term movements in the waterway span
    • upgrade the bridge to take Higher Mass Limit (HML) vehicles.
  • When we are doing it:
    • November 2018 - construction commenced
    • Early 2020 - completion.

Project documents

Project notifications

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February 2020 work notification

Temporary closure of LH Ford Bridge, Dubbo.

August 2019 work notification

Changed traffic conditions on the LH Ford Bridge, Dubbo.


Media releases

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December 2019

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

November 2018

LH Ford strengthening project to start in coming weeks.



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