Barham Koondrook Bridge


Project overview

Transport for NSW, in partnership with Regional Roads Victoria, is continuing to maintain Barham Koondrook Bridge over the Murray River to ensure the bridge continues to meet current vehicle loads and volumes, as well as the growing needs of the local and travelling community into the future.

Project team recreate photo from 1904

Barham Bridge construction crew re-creation


Project information


Transport for NSW carried out a major restoration project on the the historic lift span bridge between April 2012 and December 2018. Work included mechanical repairs to the lift span and replacing the NSW approach span.

This restoration work ensured the bridge would continue to meet current vehicle loads and volumes, as well as the growing needs of the local and travelling community into the future. Without this work, restrictions such as load limits would have to be imposed, restricting accessibility across the river.

The Barham Koondrook Bridge is one of the oldest lift span bridges on the Murray River. It is listed on the NSW State Heritage register and has to be retained for its heritage value.

Environmental assessment

The review of environmental factors into the restoration project was displayed for community comment in March 2016 and a submissions report completed.

The restoration of the Barham Koondrook Bridge was modified to include:

  • A pedestrian walkway attached to the outside of the existing upstream bridge trusses and lift span
  • Installation of lighting on the bridge
  • Installation of a lift span maintenance ladder
  • Removal of the existing bridge pathway barrier
  • Removal of a tree.

The submissions report and review of environmental factors can be viewed in project documents.

Heavy vehicle restrictions

Following the completion of the $30 million Barham Koondrook Bridge restoration between 2012 and 2018, and a further $1.5 million strengthening project in 2021, the historic bridge’s capacity was upgraded.

The Murray River bridge is open to B-Doubles operating at Higher Mass Limits (HML) and Performance Based Standards Level Two vehicles operating at Tier One HML

For Oversize Overmass enquiries, please contact 1300 656 371.  

For more information about accessibility and limits on NSW roads and bridges, see the NSW Oversize Overmass Load Carrying Vehicles Network map.


Project documents

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Media releases

Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1300 679 842

Mail: PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga NSW 2560