Napier Street Bridge safety improvements

We’ve installed innovative technology to prevent over-height vehicles hitting the Napier Street Bridge in Footscray.

Project update

With the project complete, Footscray’s Napier Street Bridge now has an Australian-first in laser technology to prevent over-height vehicle hits to the bridge, reducing accidents and impacts to the rail service above, and improving community safety. 

New laser detectors identify all over-height vehicles as they approach the bridge. A series of electronic message boards and traffic signals are activated if an over-height vehicle is detected by the lasers. These electronic message boards advise over-height vehicles to turn off before the bridge. If an over-height vehicle doesn’t redirect, there are traffic signals and line markings on the road showing them where they can pull over and wait for assistance.

Project background

The Victorian Government funded the $1.2 million project to improve safety along Napier Street and the surrounding area.

We’ve installed innovative technology to change driver behaviour by redirecting drivers of over-height vehicles along alternative routes around Napier Street to avoid the bridge.

About the project

Safety improvements from the project include:

  • Laser technology to warn over-height vehicles as they approach Napier Street Bridge
  • Electronic message boards and traffic signals which are triggered if an over-height vehicle is detected and redirects the driver to alternative routes
  • New traffic lights to stop any over-height vehicles at the last point before driving under the bridge. 

Napier Street Bridge safety improvements concept map - East of Napier Street Bridge

Image of map showing Napier Street Bridge safety improvements

Napier Street Bridge safety improvements concept map - West of Napier Street Bridge

Image of map showing Napier Street Bridge safety improvements

 

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