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

SEP 2021

SEP 2021Consultation report for planning for a new bridge at Mulwala

Community feedback on ‘Grey’ and ‘Green’ routes has closed and all comments are currently being reviewed.

A consultation summary report is being prepared and is expected to be released to the community by end of this year.

AUG 2021

AUG 2021Mulwala Bridge maintenance work finishes ahead of schedule

Essential maintenance work has finished ahead of schedule in August. Night work is now complete with minor line marking work scheduled in mid- August, weather permitting.

This work included repairs to a damaged steel support structure, upgrading the barrier rail, improvements to the pedestrian footpath and resurfacing the road on the approach to the bridge on the Mulwala side.

We thank the community for their ongoing patience during this work.

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 worked with MDBA to ensure the crossing remained open while essential work was carried out throughout 2021.

Proactively carrying out this work has minimised future bridge closures needed for future routine scheduled maintenance.

Following the completion of this proactive maintenance, Yarrawonga Weir crossing closed to public vehicle traffic on Friday 15 October 2021.

The weir crossing was closed to traffic to ensure the ongoing safety and structural integrity of the Yarrawonga weir, however, pedestrians and cyclists are still able to walk or ride their pushbikes across the structure.

Around 1500 vehicles cross the weir each day compared with 8200 crossings of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Bridge.

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 during 2021 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.

A consultation summary report is being prepared and is expected to be released to the community by end of this year.

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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