Swan Hill bridge

Swan Hill Bridge maintenance work

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

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SEP 2019

SEP 2019Major maintenance at Swan Hill Bridge

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out an ongoing program to strengthen and maintain Swan Hill Bridge.

The 120-year-old bridge is important not only for local residents, but the agricultural and freight industries that regularly use the structure to keep goods moving.

Work to remove the internal support structure was completed in September 2019, removing the width restriction for heavy vehicles. View the video animation for more information.

Further work is expected to be carried out in 2020.

Project information

Essential maintenance work has been carried out on the bridge since 2016.

The first stage of work was completed in October 2016. Work involved installing temporary support structures (baileys) 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 were installed on the Victorian side of the bridge in October 2015. Work included installing a temporary pedestrian walkway.

The second stage of maintenance 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.

Roads and Maritime returned to Swan Hill Bridge in 2019. Work involved strengthening the existing structure and removing the width restriction.

The internal support structure was removed, transferring the bridge’s weight to an external, 110-tonne structure, made up of over 8000 bolts and 4000 individual pieces of steel.

Night maintenance work
Maintenance work was carried out at night to limit impacts on the surrounding community.

Related links

Restricted Access Vehicles (RAV) maps and lists

Contact us

For further information about this project contact Nicholas McMullen, Bridge Works Manager:

Phone: 1300 679 842

Email: nicholas.r.mcmullen@rms.nsw.gov.au

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