Tooleybuc bridge

Tooleybuc Bridge

Tooleybuc Bridge is a heritage-listed timber truss bridge across the Murray River at Tooleybuc.

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SEP 2022

SEP 2022Bridge 'safer and stronger' after essential maintenance

Transport for NSW has finished the essential maintenance project to repair and strengthen Tooleybuc Bridge which is now open with full 24/7 access from Friday 9 September 2022.

The project team adapted to extra pressures due to wet weather and high water levels in the Murray River.

The team made changes to the work program to progress work in a timely manner, including lengthening piles due to high water level.

The new piles were extended by up to 1.7 metres, ensuring the safety of welding contractors working on the structure

Contractors will remain on site to complete additional work underneath the bridge after it is re-opened to traffic. This work will not impact the community or transport customers.

The bridge is now a stronger and safer structure and at a standard for General Mass Limits (GML) vehicles. It ensures the structure remains safe and continues to be an important link for communities and freight across the Murray River.

Transport will continue to monitor the bridge over the next six to 12 months for any additional work which may be required on the baileys in the future.

Transport thanks the community for its patience and understanding while this important work was carried out.

JUN 2022

JUN 2022Option and start of work on Toolebuc Bridge maintenance

Transport for NSW is planning essential maintenance work to repair and strengthen Tooleybuc Bridge. This work will ensure the structure remains safe and continues to be an important link for communities and freight across the Murray River.

Following feedback from the community, we heard about 60 per cent of the community preferred shift closures over a full bridge closure.

Taking this into account, we will be working from 4.30pm to midnight, Sundays to Thursdays from Sunday 24 July.

We will be working as quickly as possible and expect to be completed in six weeks, weather permitting. We will be setting up the site from Monday 18 July with no impacts to traffic.

To limit impacts on the community and transport customers, the bridge will be open each weekend from midnight Thursday night to 4.30pm Sundays, and from midnight to 4.30pm during the week.

Between 4.30pm and midnight Sundays to Thursdays, all vehicles will be detoured. Light and heavy vehicles will be detoured via Nyah Bridge, accessed via Stony Crossing Road and Speewa Road, adding an extra 30 minutes to journeys. For vehicles over 4.1 metres in height, Swan Hill Bridge, accessed via Stony Crossing Road and Swan Hill Road, will add an extra one hour to journeys.

For more information about this essential maintenance work, please refer to our frequently asked questions.

Project information

In 2019, the NSW Government's Timber Truss Road Bridges - A Strategic Approach to Conservation was reviewed after considerable work to better understand the structural capabilities of the various timber bridge types and the strengthening methods available.

The review found Tooleybuc Bridge, which had been identified for removal as part of the original strategy in 2012, was one of eight bridges across the state considered to be good examples of its Allan timber truss type with the ability to be upgraded to service the future road network. As a result, the review recommended Tooleybuc Bridge needed to be retained. Transport for NSW is investigating opportunities to strengthen the current bridge to allow trucks carrying heavier loads to cross the river without damaging the structure.

We will contact the community with more information when these investigations are complete.

In 2013, Transport for NSW started early planning work for a new bridge at Tooleybuc.

The yellow option, a high-level bridge (a bridge without a lift span) downstream of the existing bridge, was announced as the preferred option for a future bridge at Tooleybuc.

With the changes to the Timber Truss Road Bridges strategy, planning for a future bridge has been put on hold in the short to medium term as investigations into strengthening the current crossing are carried out.

This option puts the steel support frame (“Bailey”) replacement on hold for up to 12 months while we monitor the bridge, unless urgently required. The Bailey work may require some form of full bridge closure of up to four weeks in the future however, we are currently investigating ways to minimise impacts of this work on the community.

Transport for NSW is also investigating opportunities to strengthen the current bridge at Tooleybuc to allow trucks carrying heavier loads to cross the river without damaging the structure.

We will contact the community with more information as it becomes available.

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Contact us

For further information about this project please contact:

Phone: 1300 679 842

Email: murrayrivercrossing@transport.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Tooleybuc Bridge, PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

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