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Load limits

Load limits are applied to roads and bridges to protect road pavement and bridge structures to ensure safety and reliability for road users. These load limits help to minimise the damage that can be caused by overloaded or heavy vehicles. 

In some instances, damage from heavy vehicles may cause a complete closure of a road or bridge while repairs or replacement is completed.

We impose suitable load limits to control the risk of overloaded bridge structures from heavy vehicles to preserve roads and bridges, ensure safety for road users, and maintain access for road users.

Road and bridge load limits in the Port Macquarie-Hastings

We manage 120 bridges within the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area (LGA) - 64 of which are ageing timber bridges. With regular maintenance and repair, the expected life of a timber bridge is typically 50 years. Learn more about our Bridge Maintenance Program.

 

Timber bridge inspections and new load limits

In September 2019, we undertook a detailed inspection and structural assessment of the majority of our 64 timber bridges. This project was supported by funding assistance from the NSW Government.

As a result of our inspections, we identified a number of bridges that are considered to be under capacity for the current heavy vehicle use, and are subsequently at risk of failure from a safety and reliability perspective.

We have revised the access conditions for a number of bridges in the Local Government Area including load limits. Information relating to the load limit status for the respective bridges is in the table below. You can also view an Interactive Map of Bridge and Load Limits.

Current road and bridge load limits in the Port Macquarie-Hastings

 

 

Region Road or Bridge Location Load Limit or Capacity
status as at 28 May 2020
Bellangry Bridge

Crowe Roods Bridge, Bellangry Road^

One lane traffic only
Bellangry Bridge The Cedars Road Bridge^ No current restrictions
Bridge repairs completed May 2020
Boorganna Bridge Donkins Flat Bridge, Wingham Road No current restrictions
Temporary prop installed May 2020
Byabarra Bridge Thone River Road Bridge^ 15 tonne
Herons Creek Bridge

Old School Road Bridge

No current restrictions
Temporary prop installed May 2020
Kindee Bridge Kindee Road Bridge

10 tonne

Logans Crossing Bridge Logans Crossing Road Bridge^ 5 tonne
Lorne Bridge Tipperary Bridge, Tipperary Road^

Single Axle 9 tonne
Tandem Axle 11 tonne
Tri-Axle 13 tonne

Mortons Creek Bridge Little Mortons Creek Road Bridge^

Single Axle 9 tonne
Tandem Axle 12 tonne
Tri-Axle 14 tonne

Pembrooke Bridge Roswells Road Railway Bridge*

Rigid 7 tonne
Articulated 10 tonne

Pembrooke Bridge Pembrooke Village Road Railway Bridge* 9 tonne
Port Macquarie Road Clifton Drive 5 tonne
Redbank Bridge Stoney Creek Road Bridge No current restrictions
Temporary prop installed April 2020
Rollands Plains Bridge Bril Bril Road Bridge (Bottlebrush No 1)^

Single Axle 9 tonne
Tandem Axle 14 tonne
Tri-Axle 17 tonne
Speed limited to 10 kph

Rollands Plains Bridge

Bril Bril Bridge, Upper Rollands Plains Road^

Single Axle 9 tonne
Tandem Axle 13 tonne
Tri-Axle 15 tonne
Speed limited to 10 kph

Rollands Plains Bridge

Foxs Road Bridge^

Single Axle 8 tonne
Tandem Axle 10 tonne
Tri-Axle 12 tonne

Rollands Plains Bridge

Myhills Bridge, Upper Rollands Plains Road^

Single Axle 9 tonne
Tandem Axle 13 tonne
Tri-Axle 15 tonne
Speed limited to 10 kph

Rollands Plains Bridge

Thompsons Bridge, Upper Rollands Plains Road^

One lane traffic only
Scotts Plains Bridge

Scotts Plains Road Bridge^

Single Axle 7 tonne
Tandem Axle 9 tonne
Tri-Axle 10 tonne

Telegraph Point Bridge Farrawells Road Railway Bridge*

Rigid 11 tonne
Articulated 20 tonne

Telegraph Point Bridge Old Butter Factory Road Railway Bridge*

Rigid 11 tonne
Articulated 20 tonne

Telegraph Point Bridge Wilmaria Road Rail Bridge*

Rigid 10 tonne
Articulated 19 tonne

Thrumster Bridge Fernbank Creek Road Bridge^ 5 tonne
Wauchope Bridge Guy Street Railway Bridge*

Single Axle 7 tonne
Tandem Axle 8.5 tonne
Tri-Axle 9 tonne

Wauchope Bridge Redbank Road Railway Bridge*

Single Axle 9 tonne
Tandem Axle 11.5 tonne
Tri-Axle 13.5 tonne

Wauchope Bridge Weismantle Street Railway Bridge*

Rigid 20 tonne
Articulated 33 tonne

^ Load limits or capacity revised as at 11 May 2020.
 * This bridge is owned by Transport for NSW and maintained by John Holland Rail.  For more information contact 1300 661 390 or email crn.enquiry@jhg.com.au.  

 

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Most vehicles are General Access Vehicles - vehicles with unrestricted access to the road network, except where sign posted otherwise, i.e. with Load Limit signs. Load limit signage will refer to either Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) or axle group mass based on single, tandem or tri-axle. 

If your vehicle weighs more than the signposted load limit, either Tare Weight (unladen vehicle weight) or Gross Weight (loaded weight) you must not drive past the sign, in accordance with the Road Rules 2014 - Rule 103

 

Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) is the maximum loaded mass of a vehicle which is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and this information is usually displayed on the compliance or identification plate of a vehicle.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is Australia’s independent authority for heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes GVM. The NHVR website provides further detail on general mass and dimensional limits for all types of heavy vehicles, including information relating to Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), Gross Combination Mass (GCM), Tare Weight, and vehicle axle groups.

 

If your vehicle or a vehicle that accesses your property weighs more than the signposted load limit, you must not drive past this sign. Where possible, you must take an alternative route which allows for the weight of the vehicle.

Where you have heavy vehicles accessing your property by a third party, please ensure the operators are aware of the load limits. If this situation applies to you, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your particular situation, and we will work with you to assess the options available.

If you are unsure whether your vehicle and load complies with the required load limits for any roads or bridges, please contact the vehicle manufacturer or other relevant authority.

 

The load limits apply to roads and bridges until further notice. In many instances, where possible, we will schedule structural repairs and include these works in our bridge maintenance program. This program will be dependent on a range of factors including risk management, the nature of the project, scale of the maintenance or repairs, budgets and operational capacity. 

 

 

 

Mid North Weight of Loads Group and vehicle checks

The Mid North Weight of Loads Group works in co-operation with the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to protect and prolong the life of our roads by reducing the incidence of overloaded vehicles. Mid North Weight of Loads Inspectors patrol State, Regional and Local Roads conducting random mass checks on heavy vehicles to ensure they comply with legislated mass limits.

In addition to issuing breaches for overloading, the group focuses on educating truck operators and businesses in making sure their loads are legal and not causing damage to roads. Truck weighing is offered on request and the group can be contacted for advice on proper loading.

Further information regarding fines, weighing procedures and weight limits can be found on the Mid North Coast of Loads Group website.

This page was last updated on: 28 May 2020