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Major Restoration for Iconic Old Murray Bridge


After 140 years, the Old Murray Bridge is getting a $36M upgrade.

The critical link between the east and west sides of the Rural City will undergo major refurbishment works from Saturday May 14 through to the end of 2023.

McMahon Services will lead the project, and will work to strengthen the piers, and improve drainage and lighting, and ultimately increase the lifespan of the historic bridge by 30 years.

There is a strong local business focus during the project with organisations encouraged to become registered suppliers. There is a free networking breakfast hosted by Business  Murray Bridge and sponsored by McMahon Services  on Wednesday 11 May. Register by this Monday at 6pm via SAtickets.com.au.

The project team will also be in the Marketplace Shopping Centre, Murray Bridge on Saturday, 7 May between 10am and 2pm at the top of the escalators if you would like to drop by and discuss any aspects of the upcoming works, including impacts to traffic and detour options.

The old bridge is required to be temporarily closed from 8am to 4pm on both Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May. These closures are required to allow the work site to be safely established and temporary barriers and traffic management infrastructure installed. Detours will be via the Swanport Bridge.

Following these closures, the bridge will be reopened but reduced to a single lane of traffic, one direction at a time with temporary traffic lights in place at each end of the bridge. This arrangement will continue for the duration of the project. Speed restrictions will be in place on the approaches to the bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to take care when travelling through the area.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2023, weather permitting.

More details are available via dit.sa.gov.au/infrastructure/marine_and_bridges_projects/oldmurraybridge.

Photo of Murray Bridge bridges, supplied Department of Infrastructure and Transport via dit.sa.gov.au