Load limits change for four shire bridges: Bega Valley

Four council bridges now have new load limits in place following a resolution at December’s Council meeting.

Bridge and location

Limit imposed

Wapengo Creek bridge on Tathra Bermagui Road, Wapengo

Axle group limits: single axle 9t, twin-axle 16.5t, tri-axle 20t

Murrah River bridge on Tathra Bermagui Road, Murrah

Axle group limits; single axle 9t, twin-axle 16.5t, tri-axle 20t

The un-named bridge on Head of Cuttagee Road, Cuttagee

22.5t Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) limit

The un-named bridge on Wapengo Lake Road, Wapengo

22.5t GVM limit

Council’s Structure Engineer, Richard Cunningham said the new limits are due to declining asset conditions and their current limitations in carrying capacity.

“We know imposing new load limits may cause frustration for some users, however safety is Council’s first consideration,” Mr Cunningham said.

“The new load limits are unlikely to affect most existing road users.

“Existing users of Head of Cuttagee and Wapengo Lake Roads will remain largely unaffected, with heavier vehicles, such as most mobile cranes, excluded.”

The new limits will affect Over-Size and Over-Mass (OSOM) vehicles using the Tathra Bermagui Road, who require permits from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

A Variable Message Sign (VMS) is in place before Wapengo bridge, advising road users of restrictions at Wapengo and Murrah bridges. These signs will be in place for about two weeks.

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