Bridge Load Limit Changes
New or updated load limits have been introduced on a number of timber bridges throughout the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.
To ensure ongoing safety, and to maintain the reliability of the region’s timber bridges, detailed structural and safety inspections have taken place, resulting in revised load limits or lane restrictions on 16 bridges.
Applying load limits minimises damage to road and bridge infrastructure, caused by overloaded vehicles and ensures the safety of all road users.
Director Dan Bylsma said the community’s safety, and the needs of residents and businesses whose livelihoods rely on the bridges is the number one priority.
"We’ve been working closely with those that use the impacted bridges, to notify them of the new limits, and mitigate or resolve potential issues," said Mr Bylsma.
In some instances, damage from heavy vehicles could cause a complete closure of a bridge while repairs or replacement is completed, which has greater impact on local communities than introducing load limits as an immediate preventative control.
If a vehicle weighs more than the signposted load limit, motorists must not drive past the sign, and in the instance that a property owner has heavy vehicles accessing their property, they are required to ensure the third party operators are aware of the updated load limits.
Council are in the process of implementing repairs to a number of these bridges to improve or remove the load restrictions, where possible, with some repairs already completed. For the remainder of these bridges, load limits will remain in place while Council undertakes both short and longer-term bridge rehabilitation and maintenance programs.
For more information on the impacted bridges and their revised load limits visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/Services/Roads/Load-limits or call Council on 6581 8111.