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Higher Mass Limit Bridges Package - NSW


Funding Programme:Investment Road and Rail Programme
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:July 2006 - May 2014
Estimated Project Cost:$43,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$43,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Bathurst Regional Council,Goulburn Mulwaree Council,Kempsey Shire Council,Sutherland Shire Council,Tamworth Regional Council,Upper Hunter Shire Council,Wingecarribee Shire Council
Corridor:Sydney - Brisbane, Sydney - Melbourne, Sydney - Wollongong

Project Description

The project comprises the upgrade of the following bridges on the National Land Transport Network:

  • Hume Highway: Strengthening of northbound and southbound bridges over Paddys River, 42.3 km south of Mittagong;
  • Federal Highway: Replacement of two southbound nail laminated timber bridges at Wollogorang Creek, 20.3 km south of Goulburn;
  • Mitchell Highway: Replacement of the timber beam bridge at Wellington Street over the railway in Molong;
  • New England Highway: Construction of a new two-lane bridge at Aberdeen over the Hunter River;
  • New England Highway: Strengthening of bridge over Quirindi Creek at Wallabadah; and 
  • Pacific Highway: Replacement of northbound timber concrete composite bridge over Maria River, 7.7 km south of Kempsey.


The project involves the upgrade of bridges on the National Land Transport Network to facilitate higher mass limit vehicles. This will allow heavy vehicles with road friendly suspensions (such as air suspensions) to carry a heavier load, about 10 per cent higher, depending on the type or combination of vehicle.

The higher mass limits reform has the advantage of encouraging a move towards the latest technology vehicles, resulting in safer and cleaner trucks, and enabling the freight task to be managed with fewer trucks.


The Australian Government is providing $43 million towards the Higher Mass Limit Bridges Package.


The following bridge upgrades have been completed:

  • Hume Highway (Paddys River) - December 2006;
  • Federal Highway (Wollogorang Creek) - April 2007;
  • New England Highway ( Quirindi Creek) - June 2007;
  • Pacific Highway (Maria River) - December 2008;
  • Mitchell Highway (Wellington Street over the railway) - April 2010; and
  • New England Highway (Fitzgerald Bridge, Aberdeen) - May 2014.

Conversion of the heritage bridge at Aberdeen to a pedestrian bridge was completed in May 2015.

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Project details last updated: 19/02/2016