Swanport Bridge

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Swanport Bridge
Swanport Bridge.jpg
The Swanport Bridge, with the Murray River
Coordinates 35°08′51″S 139°18′32″E / 35.14737°S 139.30886°E / -35.14737; 139.30886Coordinates: 35°08′51″S 139°18′32″E / 35.14737°S 139.30886°E / -35.14737; 139.30886
Carries Cars and trucks up to B-double
Crosses Murray River
Locale Murray Bridge, South Australia
Official name Swanport Bridge
Named for Swanport
Owner Government of South Australia
Maintained by DPTI
Preceded by Murray Bridge town bridge
Followed by Tailem BendJervois ferry
Characteristics
Material prestressed concrete
Total length 1 kilometre (0.62 mi)
Width 1 lane each way
History
Opened May 1979 (1979-May)
Swanport Bridge is located in South Australia
Swanport Bridge
Location in South Australia

Swanport Bridge is a road bridge on Highway 1 in South Australia, spanning the Murray River about 4 km southeast of Murray Bridge. Constructed in 1979, the bridge connects the communities of Murray Bridge and Tailem Bend.[1]

Characteristics

The bridge itself is one kilometre in length with two lanes, one for each direction of traffic, and no separating median. It is constructed from prestressed concrete. There is a footpath on the northern side, with no barrier from the roadway, signposted as being for emergency use only.[2]

The bridge serves as a link between the South Eastern Freeway to the west and the Princes Highway continuing to the east, and as such is an integral part of the AdelaideMelbourne road transport corridor. The bridge was originally intended to be a four lane bridge but to save costs only a two lane bridge was built.[citation needed] Both the South Eastern Freeway to the west of the bridge and the Princes Highway to its east are two lanes each way with a wide median and speed limit of 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph). The bridge itself is only one lane each way with no median strip, and has a speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) since 2015.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Crossing the Murray". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Google (April 2017). "Pedestrian notice on Swanport Bridge" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Lower Speed Limit for Swanport Bridge". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 


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