Rawsonville Bridge Replacement


Project overview

The NSW Government has committed to replacing Rawsonville Bridge with a new concrete bridge. The bridge is located over the Macquarie River on Rawsonville Bridge Road, about 21 kilometres west of Dubbo.

Latest news

April 2024 - Preliminary earthworks at Rawsonville Bridge, Rawsonville

Preliminary earthworks for the Rawsonville Bridge Replacement project will be carried out from Monday 8 April 2024 for up to 10 weeks, weather permitting.

The work will involve building approach embankments to support the future construction of the new bridge.

For more information, please view the April 2024 project update (PDF, 267.83 KB).

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Project information


Rawsonville Bridge is a timber truss bridge which was built in 1916 and is in poor condition due to age. It is narrow and is not suitable for use by modern heavy vehicles with Higher Mass Limit (HML) loads. 

Rawsonville Bridge is located on Rawsonville Bridge Road, about 21 kilometres west of Dubbo. The bridge is a major crossing over the Macquarie River linking the Mitchell Highway to the Dubbo-Burraway Road and the Newell Highway between the towns of Dubbo and Narromine. If the bridge is closed for maintenance, motorists are faced with a 45 kilometre detour to travel from one side of the bridge to the other.

Rawsonville Bridge was on the list of NSW timber truss bridges to be preserved, however when the conservation strategy was reviewed in 2019 the bridge was identified for removal as it could not be effectively upgraded to meet future road network requirements.


  • Longer lasting, stronger bridge with a smoother ride
  • Improved road user safety through wider travel lanes and improved road approaches
  • Increased load capacity for heavy vehicles
  • Improved access for wide vehicles
  • Reduced ongoing maintenance costs


The Rawsonville Bridge Replacement project includes the construction of a new concrete bridge around five metres upstream from the existing bridge, construction of new approach roads either side of the bridge, and removal of the old bridge once the new bridge is operational. 

Next steps

Following the completion of the preliminary earthworks, the next stage of the project is inviting tenders for the bridge construction. The tender process is expected to commence in late 2024.

We will continue to update the community as work on the project progresses.


Project documents

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Project notifications


Review of Environmental Factors

Media releases

  • 4 April 2024
    Work on Rawsonville Bridge replacement project ramps up

Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 167 499