Rawsonville Bridge, west of Dubbo

Rawsonville Bridge replacement

The NSW Government has committed $12.5 million to replace the Rawsonville Bridge over the Macquarie River on Rawsonville Bridge Road, west of Dubbo.

Latest news

MAY 2022

MAY 2022Submissions report released

Transport for NSW has released a Submissions Report detailing the submissions received in response to the Review of Environmental Factors display.

Twenty-two responses were received. To read more refer to the Submissions Report (PDF, 111Kb).

NOV 2021

NOV 2021Review of Environmental Factors on public display

Transport for NSW has prepared a REF to determine the environmental and social impacts for the replacements of Rawsonville Bridge. The REF is now on display for public information and comment until 22 December 2021.

View the review of environmental factors (PDF, 18.3Mb). Appendices can be found in the project documents section.

The community are invited to join us at a drop-in information session at the following times and locations to find out more about the project:

Tuesday 7 December

Wednesday 8 December

Registration is strongly encouraged.

Please note these sessions may be cancelled at short notice should COVID restrictions prevent us from meeting with the community face-to-face. Proof of COVID vaccination will be required.

Have your say

You can have your say on the REF by sending your comments to:

AUG 2021

AUG 2021Project update

Plans to replace the Rawsonville Bridge are progressing well with extensive research, investigation and consultation undertaken to develop a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the proposal.

Work will include:

  • construction of a new bridge over the Macquarie River, around five metres upstream from the existing Rawsonville Bridge
  • construction of new roads to connect the bridge to the existing road network
  • removal of existing roads on either side of the current bridge
  • removal of the old bridge once the new bridge is operational.

The REF and Concept Design will be on public display in late 2021.

For more information view or download the August 2021 project update (PDF, 2.07Mb).

Project information

The Rawsonville Bridge was built in 1916 and is narrow and in poor condition due to age. It doesn’t meet modern design standards and is not suitable for use by modern day heavy vehicles with a Higher Mass Limit (HML) load. 

The Rawsonville Bridge is a major crossing of the Macquarie River linking the Mitchell Highway to the Dubbo-Burraway Road. If the bridge is closed for maintenance, customers are faced with an up to 45 kilometre detour to travel from one side of the bridge to the other.

Project benefits are:

  • improved safety for road users
  • stronger, longer lasting bridge
  • reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

Project documents

Project updates

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May 2022 project update

Submissions report released

November 2021 project update

Rawsonville Bridge replacement,

August 2021 project update

Rawsonville Bridge replacement.


Review of environmental factors

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October 2021 Review of Environmental Factors

Main report.

Appendices A to D

Review of Environmental Factors.

Appendices E to K

Review of Environmental Factors.



Contact us

Phone: 1800 167 499

Email: western.projects@rms.nsw.gov.au

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