Bemboka Bridge upgrade - Bridges for the Bush

Roads and Maritime Services has completed widening the crossing over the Bemboka River on the Snowy Mountains Highway at Morans crossing, approximately eight kilometres south-west of Bemboka.

Bridge with sign: Bemboka River – Morans Crossing
Bemboka Bridge

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The new Bemboka Bridge was funded from the NSW Government Bridges for the Bush program and is 94 metres long and almost 7.5 metres wide.

Roads and Maritime engaged Nelmac Pty Ltd to build the new bridge immediately downstream of the existing bridge. Work commenced after Easter 2015 and the bridge was opened to traffic on 27 June 2016.

Roads and Maritime recognised the heritage value of the existing bridge and has confirmed it is structurally sound. This bridge has been upgraded and has been retained for eastbound traffic and is now compliant for larger trucks.

The road approaches leading up to the bridge were completed in December 2015.

Many engineering challenges have been encountered and overcome during construction and work on the existing bridge was completed on 27 October 2016.

The new bridge and the upgraded existing bridge were officially opened by Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance on 31 October 2016.

Project background

This project is part of the NSW Government's Bridges for the Bush program, an initiative to improve road freight productivity by replacing or upgrading bridges over the next five years at 17 key locations in rural and regional NSW.

Bridges for the Bush is an investment in critical infrastructure to remove a number of significant freight bottlenecks on the state road network and to improve the safety and reliability of regional bridge structures.

Roads and Maritime undertook an assessment of Bemboka Bridge and found it to be unsuitable for Higher Mass Limit (HML) or larger vehicles. Roads and Maritime intends to widen the existing bridge, which will bring it up to current bridge standards.

Read more about the Bemboka Bridge project.

Platypus protection

After discussions with the community and an inspection of the area, Roads and Maritime has engaged the services of an ecologist specialising in platypus to be on the work site to provide advice and ensure appropriate controls are in place to protect this platypus habitat.

The project has also been structured so work is carried out in the winter months, outside of platypus breeding season. Once the work on the river bank is completed, the risk to platypus habitat is minimal.

Platypus have continued to inhabit the area throughout the process of construction and are often spotted swimming quite close to the bridge piers. The platypus protection as part of the Bemboka Bridge project reinforces Roads and Maritime’s strong environmental procedures when it comes to protecting native animals as work progresses on major projects.

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