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Load limits to apply on Kirwans Bridge

Strathbogie Shire Council has made the difficult decision to reduce the load limit of the historic Kirwans Bridge from six to three tonne.

Councillors voted to endorse the recommendation at their March Council Meeting.

Mayor, Cr Chris Raeburn, said the reduction to the load limit would ensure the safety of those crossing the bridge.

“The bridge built in 1890 is the longest timber bridge in Victoria,” Cr Raeburn said.

“We know it holds great passion for the community of Kirwans Bridge, and they will be saddened to learn of this adjustment.

“However, when the bridge was built there was no concept of the loads people would be hauling some 130 years later.”

Strathbogie Shire recently undertook a detailed inspection and assessment of the load carrying capacity of Kirwans Bridge. It found the bridge is in poor condition and there are several maintenance items that need attention.

“Please be assured that this is a safety measure for those travelling across the bridge and to protect the bridge itself,” he said.

People towing caravans, trucks and vehicles above three tonnes will need to use the alternative route to cross the Goulburn River by travelling along Vickers, Nagambie-Rushworth, Weir, Reedy Lake and Kettles roads.

“We know this action will raise many issues in relation to ‘what’s next’ for the bridge and we would like to establish a Kirwans Bridge Community Panel to broaden our thinking and to ensure we’re solving problems together,” Cr Raeburn said.

Members of the group will be able to help guide the Shire’s thinking of how best this aged bridge can be used for the convenience of residents as well as protecting its historic significance and the tourist attraction.

Emergency vehicles such as an ambulance, using flashing lights, will be able to travel over the bridge. Country Fire Authority (CFA) vehicles which are heavier than three-tonne will be required to travel the road route to the Kirwans Bridge area.

The load limit reduction will be enforced on 31 March 2021.

People interested in joining the Community Panel are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so we can forward further information when expressions of interest open.


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