The State Heritage-listed Old Murray Bridge will be closed to traffic this weekend (Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May from 8am-4pm) as major refurbishment works get underway.
The bridge was constructed over the Murray River in 1879, and as the first major bridge spanning the Murray River in South Australia, it is a significant State Heritage structure.
Due to its age, cultural importance and critical location in the road network, it now requires refurbishment to maintain its long-term structural integrity. This refurbishment project will improve the heritage value of the bridge and extend its operational life by an estimated 30 years.
The project will be carried out by South Australian company McMahon Services, who successfully won the contract for these works.
This weekend, detours will be via the Swanport Bridge.
Following the temporary closures, the bridge will be reopened but reduced to a single lane of traffic for the best part of 18 months.
On-bridge access will be maintained for pedestrians and cyclists throughout the project, including during periods of temporary closure.
The refurbishment is expected to be completed in late 2023, weather permitting.
For more information visit dit.sa.gov.au/oldmurraybridge.
Photo of Murray Bridge bridges supplied Department of Infrastructure and Transport