Mulwala Bridge

Mulwala Bridge

Transport for NSW is planning for a new bridge at Mulwala. While planning is under way, we are continuing to carry out essential repair work to ensure the ongoing safe operation of the bridge over Lake Mulwala.

Latest news

JUN 2021

JUN 2021Community invited to give feedback

on ‘Grey’ and ‘Green’ routes

Residents are invited to provide feedback to help Transport for NSW understand the community’s thoughts about the preferred option for a new bridge to link Mulwala in NSW to Yarrawonga in Victoria.

In 2015, the ‘Grey’ option was favoured and endorsed by the NSW and Victorian governments. Since that time, we understand community sentiment may have changed. The community’s feedback will help us better understand community issues, concerns and what you value about each option as part of our planning process for a new bridge.

How to give feedback

  • Online: Go to our mapping tool and drop a pin within the feedback area to let us know where you have concerns, issues or feedback about the options.
  • Email: murrayrivercrossing@transport.nsw.gov.au
  • Post: Mulwala Bridge project team, PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650.

Feedback is open until midnight Friday 30 July.

Have questions?

Watch a recording of the livestream for answers to some of the community’s questions.

Read the July 2021 FAQs (PDF,515Kb) from the live information session.

If you still have a query, drop us a line at murrayrivercrossing@transport.nsw.gov.au or read the FAQs (PDF, 161Kb).

For more information read the latest community update (PDF, 623Kb).

MAY 2021

MAY 2021Mulwala Bridge temporary closure

The bridge will be temporarily closed on the following days, weather permitting.

  • Full bridge closure with no access from: 7am Saturday 17 July to 5pm Monday 19 July
  • Tuesday 20 July to Thursday 22 July, 7am to 5pm*

*The bridge will be open at night during this period and on Monday 19 July. Outside of these dates, the bridge will continue to be closed for bridge maintenance work at night from 9pm to 6am, Monday to Thursday.

Traffic will be detoured onto the Yarrawonga Weir crossing so the work can be carried out safely and efficiently.

For more information, read our May project notification.

 

MAR 2021

MAR 2021Mulwala Bridge night closure from 19 April 2021

Essential maintenance is being carried out on Mulwala Bridge over the Murray River.

Due to the limited number of road users travelling at night over the bridge, the bridge will be closed to all traffic for the safety of workers and road users between 9pm and 6am Monday to Thursday from 19 April.

Closing the bridge during this time ensures the safety of workers and road users and enables the work to be carried out as quickly as possible.

The pedestrian walkway will be maintained for the duration of the project.

For more information, read our March project notification (PDF, 159Kb).

FEB 2021

FEB 2021Maintenance work starts 1 March 2021

Essential work to repair a damaged truss, upgrade a bridge barrier rail and improve the pedestrian footpath is starting in March.

Project information

Existing bridge

Mulwala Bridge was built in 1924 and provides a vital transport link across Lake Mulwala, between the twin towns of Mulwala in NSW and Yarrawonga in Victoria.

On average, more than 8500 vehicles use the bridge every day and it is essential that the structure is maintained in a safe and serviceable condition for the local community and visitors alike.

New crossing between Mulwala and Yarrawonga

Previous consultation

In 2014, Regional Roads Victoria consulted with the community on crossing and connection options known as the ‘Grey’ and ‘Green’ routes for a new bridge between Mulwala and Yarrawonga.

The ‘Grey’ option was the favoured option and endorsed by the NSW and Victorian governments in 2015.

New bridge is a medium-term priority

In 2018, the NSW and Victorian governments carried out the Murray River Crossings Investment Prioritisation Assessment to help inform and prioritise future investment decisions by ranking each crossing over the Murray River.

The assessment reviewed 32 bridge and ferry assets and considered freight connectivity, road safety, reliability, condition, proximity to alternate crossings and pedestrian and cyclist facilities.

Mulwala Bridge was ranked eighth highest priority for investment, behind Swan Hill, Tooleybuc, Abbotsford, John Foord, Murrabit, Towong and George Chaffey bridges.

Read the Investment Prioritisation Assessment (PDF, 2.96Mb).

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) previously announced the weir crossing would close in 2020.

Transport for NSW has been working with MDBA to ensure the crossing remains open while essential work is carried out over throughout 2021, weather and border restrictions permitting.

By proactively planning for and carrying out this work now we will minimise bridge closures needed for future routine scheduled maintenance.

There will be still be some occasions when the bridge must close for urgent repairs, however in most cases motorists will be able to use the weir to minimise impacts.

We will work closely with MDBA to reduce the need for lengthy detours.

Transport for NSW continues to work closely with Regional Roads Victoria on planning for a new Mulwala Bridge.

While planning continues, Regional Roads Victoria is focused on building a new connection to relieve congestion and safety issues associated with heavy vehicles using Belmore Street through the Yarrawonga CBD.

Maintenance and repair work carried out at Mulwala Bridge now will ensure it is able to continue to safely operate and service the community until planning for a replacement bridge is complete and funding for the construction of a new structure has been secured.

The feedback period is open until midnight, Friday 30 July 2021.

Following this, we will consider your feedback and comments on both bridge options and prepare a community feedback summary report. We will advise the NSW and Victorian governments of the outcome and seek endorsement for the preferred option.

We will continue to maintain Mulwala Bridge to ensure it remains safe and serviceable for as long as it is needed.

Project documents

 

Contact us

For further information about maintenance work on the existing bridge, contact our Project Manager, Nathan Fisher:

Phone: 0475 946 398

Email: Nathan.fisher@transport.nsw.gov.au

For further information about planning work for a new crossing, contact our project team:

Email: murrayrivercrossing@transport.nsw.gov.au

Post: New Mulwala Bridge project team, PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

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