Transport for NSW has announced that short-term improvements will be carried out to improve access to the Sheahan Bridge northbound, while planning work is underway to ensure future capacity and efficiency for heavy vehicles on the Hume Highway. The Hume Highway is Australia’s busiest interstate freight route and carries 40 per cent of the total national road freight task.
The bridge was designed in 1977 and not built for the use of heavy vehicles today. This makes it inaccessible to high productivity vehicles using the Hume Highway. Currently, the bridge is accessible northbound under permit to these vehicles to allow the efficient transportation of freight due to the demolition of Wallendbeen Bridge on Burley Griffin Way.
As part of the planning work, there may be temporary traffic changes for the work safe zone and speeds limits will vary.
NatRoad supports the work of Transport for NSW to make the much-needed upgrades to the bridge required for accessibility to all heavy vehicles using this major route but especially an expansion of capacity so that 30 metre A doubles or quad B doubles can be used on the entire length of the Hume Highway and operate under a notice rather than on a limited permit basis.
More must also be done to provide a larger number of rest areas along the Hume as well as upgrades to existing rest areas along the highway to allow for the longer length of combinations.
For more information, please visit ww.lifetraffic.com or call 132 701.