Bridges & structures

In this section you’ll find VicRoads supplements, bridge technical notes and manuals that detail the way we design and manage structures in Victoria.


VicRoads uses the Austroads Guides as a key reference, in conjunction with supplementary information, to ensure national consistency and standardisation for all road work.

‚ÄčThe Austroads Guides to Bridge technology are available on the Austroads website.

VicRoads Supplement (VRS) to the Austroads Guide to Bridge Technology (AGBT) provides information on the relationship between Bridge Technical Notes, AS5100 Bridge design and the Austroads Guide to Bridge Technology.

Bridge Technical Notes are Codes of Practice which state VicRoads’ requirements for the design of road structures. Bridge Technical Notes are to be read in conjunction with AS5100:2017 and other relevant Australian Standards, for example AS1597 and AS2041.

VicRoads has reviewed and updated its Bridge Technical Notes following the publication of AS5100:2017. 

With effect from 1st January 2018, with the exception of ongoing projects, no further reference is to be made to pre-existing Bridge Technical Notes. 

Bridge Technical Notes are updated from time-to-time. Refer to the latest version of Bridge Technical Notes below. 

Any questions or comments relating to Bridge Technical Notes should be addressed to [email protected]

The VicRoads Road Structures Inspection Manual (RSIM) defines that the condition of all structures is systematically monitored to ensure structural integrity and safety of road users and that there is sufficient data to effectively and efficiently manage road structure assets.

The manual includes numerous road structures including retaining walls, noise walls, sign structures and high mast lighting as well as bridges and culverts.

Please contact the VicRoads Principal Bridge Engineer at [email protected] if you have any queries about these guidelines or if you have trouble accessing the documents.

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