Swan Hill Bridge maintenance work

The NSW and Victorian Governments are funding work to improve safety for motorists and reduce future maintenance requirements.

Roads and Maritime Services has been working to remove the temporary support structures (bailey) and install external support structures (bridge trusses).

This work will remove the 3.1 metre width restriction currently in place. View the video animation for more information.

Swan Hill Bridge
Swan Hill Bridge

Updates and announcements

Maintenance work continues on Swan Hill Bridge in 2019

Work to strengthen the existing structure and remove the current width restriction has re-started on Swan Hill Bridge.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of August 2019.

During this time, we will be closing the bridge at night between 11pm and 6am from Mondays to Thursdays for the safety of workers. Significant maintenance work involves removing the temporary support structures (bailey) and installing external support structures (bridge trusses).

This work will remove the 3.1 metre width restriction and return the bridge to its normal minimum width of 4.3 metres.

We thank the community for their cooperation and patience during work on the bridge.

Restrictions to heavy vehicle configurations during maintenance work

Restrictions to heavy vehicle configurations will be in place while maintenance work is carried out from late April to late August 2019.

Heavy vehicle restrictions will apply from Monday 29 April until further notice. The bridge will be restricted to semi-trailers at 42.5 tonnes, with B-doubles prohibited during this time. For further information on restrictions, see Roads and Maritime Services Restricted Access.

We will continue to monitor the bridge’s load capacity with sensors and cameras on the bridge. Heavy vehicle inspectors will also continue to monitor heavy vehicle compliance.

Work completed

Essential maintenance work on Swan Hill Bridge started in March 2018.

This work was put on hold in October 2018 to avoid impacting the local harvest .season

Unfortunately work to install the external support structures progressed slowly as the complexity of the steel and timber repairs on the 120-year-old bridge was much greater than expected.

Maintenance work on Swan Hill Bridge was completed in October 2016.

The work involved installing temporary support structures (bailey) on the NSW side to adequately strengthen the bridge for expected increased loading over the harvest season.

Trees that posed a risk of falling onto the bridge and reduced the visibility for motorists were also removed.

Temporary support structures (bailey) were installed on the Victorian side of the bridge in October 2015. Work included installing a temporary pedestrian walkway.


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