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Old Murray Bridge Refurbishment Project

The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (the Department) is undertaking major refurbishment works on the Old Murray Bridge in order to maintain its long term structural integrity and extend its operational life.

Old Murray Bridge was constructed over the Murray River in 1879, and is located on Bridge Street, Murray Bridge, immediately east of the town centre. Murray Bridge is located approximately 75 kilometres from Adelaide.

As the first major bridge spanning the Murray River in South Australia, Old Murray Bridge is a significant State Heritage structure, and requires refurbishment to extend its operational life. The refurbishment project will increase its life span by an estimated 30 years.

Old Murray Bridge forms an important route through the Murray Bridge township and links east and west Murray Bridge. The bridge is also used as an alternative route for general access vehicles if the Swanport Bridge is closed (subject to load limits).

The Old Murray Bridge Refurbishment Project is expected to support approximately 70 full time equivalent jobs averaged over the life of the construction period.

The refurbishment works include:

  • repainting the Old Murray Bridge, which will not only ensure long term corrosion protection of the steelwork but will also improve the heritage amenity of the bridge;
  • repointing, cleaning, and general repairs to the stone abutments and rebuilding the northern parapets (low stone barriers designed to protect the edge of the bridge) to their original height;
  • upgrading the bridge lighting to LED luminaires to improve visibility and enhance road safety at night;
  • Installing corrosion protection  to prevent degradation of the iron on the river piers to ensure the service life of the bridge is maintained;
  • repair of Pier 26 in order to maintain the structural integrity of the bridge;
  • upgrading pedestrian approach fences to better integrate with the existing heritage fencing;
  • upgrading footpaths and drainage at the southern approach to improve the pedestrian access, safety and improve amenity in the area;
  • installing interpretive signage to recognise the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal history of the area;
  • undertaking minor structural repairs and upgrades to the structure to maintain serviceability; and
  • relocation of utility services that currently obstruct the pedestrian footpaths.

Project Timing

Major works commenced mid-May 2022, and are expected to be completed late 2023, weather permitting.

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As previously advised, to enable works to be undertaken safely and efficiently temporary bridge closures will be required throughout the project.

The next closures are planned to be undertaken from 9.30am to 2.30pm on the following days, weather permitting:

  • Tuesday, 7 June 2022;
  • Tuesday, 21 June 2022; and
  • Tuesday, 5 July 2022.

During the temporary bridge closures, detours will be via the Swanport Bridge. Please see the ‘Detour routes for temporary bridge closures’ map included in this notice .

The bridge single lane arrangement will continue for the duration of the project, with temporary traffic lights in place to control the direction of the traffic at each end of the bridge.

For further information on detours and traffic arrangements during the project please refer to the major works notice.

Further Information

To find out more about the project or register for future updates, please contact the project team at the following:

COVID-19 Response

The Department will continue to tailor community engagement opportunities in line with the latest COVID-19 advice from health authorities.

Face-to-face engagement opportunities may be restricted and we will continue to be guided by the advice of health authorities, with the health and safety of our stakeholders always our highest priority.

Engagement with community and industry is crucial and we will facilitate information sessions as much as possible to enable face to face engagement.  It is important to assist in managing these events that you register as requested to enable physical distancing as much as possible.

The project team will provide construction updates and work notifications via social media, letterbox drops, emails and the Project website. We are also available to speak via telephone (1300 794 880).

We encourage the community to register for email updates.