Barham Koondrook Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services, in partnership with VicRoads, is continuing the restoration of Barham Koondrook Bridge over the Murray River. The NSW and Victorian Governments are funding this $25 million essential maintenance work to ensure the bridge will continue to meet current vehicle loads and volumes, as well as the growing needs of the local and travelling community into the future.

Barham Koondrook Bridge
Barham Bridge

Updates and announcements

Traffic back on Barham Koondrook Bridge

Traffic was moved onto the newly restored Barham Koondrook Bridge on Tuesday 11 December.

Additional work will be carried out in 2019, including dismantling the temporary bridge, adjusting the approach roads and intersections, carrying out urban design and landscaping and removing site compounds.

Due to high river levels, the bridge piers will also be painted in 2019, weather permitting.

Roads and Maritime Services thanks motorists for their patience during this important road upgrade work.

Project team recreate photo from 1904

The project team enjoyed being a part of history on the Murray River, recreating a photo from September 1904.

The 1904 photo was taken a month before the official opening of the bridge.

You can compare the old and new photos on this page.

We also had a great time at the Barham Koondrook 2018 Christmas Festival on Friday 30 November.

Thank you to the community you who came along to walk over the bridge, enjoy the view and ask our project team lots of questions.

September 1904
September 1904
November 2018
November 2018

Timelapse video - bridge lift


Project background

Roads and Maritime has been restoring the historic lift span bridge since April 2012. The work has included mechanical repairs to the lift span and replacing the NSW approach span.

This restoration work is ensuring the bridge will continue to meet current vehicle loads and volumes, as well as the growing needs of the local and travelling community into the future. Without this work, restrictions such as load limits would have to be imposed, restricting accessibility across the river.

The Barham Koondrook Bridge is one of the oldest lift span bridges on the Murray River. It is listed on the NSW State Heritage register and has to be retained for its heritage value.

Next stages of work

The next stages of work involve: 

  • Replacing the Victorian bridge abutment (support at the end of the bridge), approach span and pier
  • Replacing the two timber truss spans and deck
  • Painting and mechanical upgrade of the lift span towers.

Pedestrian walkway

Roads and Maritime Services has received approval from the Heritage Council of New South Wales to build a pedestrian walkway on the Barham-Koondrook Bridge.

The restoration of Barham Koondrook Bridge will now include installing a new steel bridge walkway. Building a new walkway, in keeping with the heritage values of the bridge, will mean pedestrians will be completely separated from traffic.

Environmental assessment

The review of environmental factors was displayed for community comment in March 2016 and a submissions report completed.

The restoration of the Barham Koondrook Bridge was modified to include:

  • A pedestrian walkway attached to the outside of the existing upstream bridge trusses and lift span
  • Installation of lighting on the bridge
  • Installation of a lift span maintenance ladder
  • Removal of the existing bridge pathway barrier
  • Removal of a tree.

The submissions report and review of environmental factors can be viewed in project documents.

Urban design strategy

The urban design strategy recommends ways to preserve and enhance the heritage and cultural significance of Barham Koondrook Bridge and surrounding river landscape.

The draft strategy was displayed for community comment in November and December 2017. Eight formal submissions were received. We also received feedback at our stakeholder meetings and at the information kiosk held in Barham.

View or download the urban design strategy.

Photo gallery

Video animation


Media release


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