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Paringa Bridge
Carries Barmera railway line
Sturt Highway
Crosses Murray River
Locale Paringa, South Australia
Maintained by Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure
Design Vertical-lift
Total length 173 metres
Opened 31 January 1927
Closed 7 March 1984 (rail only)

The Paringa Bridge carries the Sturt Highway across the Murray River in Paringa, South Australia. Until 1982, it also carried the Barmera railway line.

The bridge consists of a vertical-lift span 78 feet (24 m) long which can rise 30 feet (9.1 m) in one and a half minutes. There are three Pratt truss spans of 112.5 feet (34.3 m), and a plate girder span at each end. It was designed by the South Australian Railways (SAR) and fabricated by Perry Engineering of Adelaide. It opened on 31 January 1927. It was built as a road-rail bridge with both the Sturt Highway and Barmera railway lines using the same reservation. Maintenance cost were shared equally between the SAR and Highways department.

Subsequently road lanes were added on either side to segregate the road and rail traffic. The last train crossed the bridge on 21 May 1982 with the line beyond Renmark formally closed on 7 March 1984. The railway tracks were removed in 1986 and the centre reservation converted to a shared pedestrian and cycle path.

The vertical-lift span is opened twice a day for river traffic.

The bridge was listed as a State Heritage Place on the South Australian Heritage Register on 29 June 1989.

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