Operating a heavy vehicle

Approved areas or routes

Vehicles operating under a mass or dimension exemption (notice or permit) in South Australia must travel within stated areas and on stated routes.

Heavy vehicle route networks (RAVnet)

Prior to any journey, drivers must determine the approved route using the RAVnet online map system.

RAVnet is an interactive map system that displays approved heavy vehicle route networks in South Australia. Restrictions associated with specific route networks are also included.

RAVnet Frequently Asked Questions - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Approved area maps

Approved area maps that are referenced in mass or dimension exemptions are:

Restricted areas within SA

Route and structure restrictions have been removed from the updated notices and are published in the:

Areas or routes for specific heavy vehicle operation are outlined below:

Preferred routes

When operating an oversize vehicle, the maps below depict the preferred routes for travel. If your operating requirements cannot be met by a gazette notice, you will need to apply for a permit.

Temporary road closures, detours and roadworks

For a list of roadworks, incidents and planned events in South Australia please refer to www.traffic.sa.gov.au.

Tom 'Diver' Derrick Bridge (Prexy Bridge, Port River Expressway (15 to 16 February 2019)

There will be a temporary closure of the Port River Expressway Bridge (Tom 'Diver' Derrick Bridge) from 7:00 pm Friday 15 February to 1:00 am Saturday 16 February 2019.

These works will involve detours for all commuters, particularly heavy freight who commute over the bridge. VMS boards will be placed on both approaching sides of the bridge advising commuters/road users about the temporary closure and the detours.

Heavy Vehicle Detours

The following information is provided in relation to approved heavy vehicle detours for the period of the temporary closure:

  • A signposted detour for heavy vehicles up to 4.6m high will be in place via Hanson Road, Grand Junction Road, Causeway Road, Semaphore Road, Port River Expressway/Victoria Road and return.
  • Operators travelling to and from Outer Habour from Northern Adelaide may use alternative routes that are published on RAVnet that are appropriate for the vehicle type being operated
  • Operators who have an oversize permit or may be required to move loads during the temporary closure should contact the NHVR at access.enquiries@nhvr.gov.au to discuss alternative routes for this period.

If further information regarding the detours is required please contact:

Southern Expressway (15 to 17 February 2019)

Weekend works will continue for the installation of permanent anti-throw screens along the Southern Expressway. Installation of permanent anti-throw screens is part of the department’s commitment to improve safety along the transport network and to provide a practical response to the incidents of object throwing.

Works will occur from 7:00 pm Friday through to 6:00 am Monday, weather permitting, on the following dates:

15-17 February 2019 – Throw screen installation

  • Southern Expressway will be closed to traffic between Sherriffs Road, Reynella to near Panalatinga Road Ramp from Adelaide, Trott Park
  • Northbound motorists on the Expressway will need to exit via the Sheriffs Road Interchange and continue on Main South Road.
  • Southbound motorists will be detoured via Main South Road and access the Expressway from the Sheriffs Road Interchange.

For more information visit https://dpti.sa.gov.au/sxway

Goyder Highway, Crystal Brook (18 February to 15 March 2019)

Works are being undertaken to improve road safety by improving truck access on the Goyder Highway to and from the livestock sale yards at Crystal Brook, and are expected to commence on Monday 18 February and be completed by Friday 15 March 2019, weather permitting.

The majority of construction work will be undertaken between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

The Goyder Highway will remain open to traffic, with a 25km/h speed restriction in place during the day and a 40km/h speed restriction at night while workers are on site, adjacent to the saleyards.

For further information please email DPTI at dpti.communityrelations@sa.gov.au or telephone 1300 794 880.

Lovers Lane, Pinnaroo (January to March 2019)

Lovers Lane, Pinnaroo will be closed to heavy vehicles and oversize vehicles from 9.00 am 29 January 2018 to 4.00 pm 31 March 2019 for widening and reconstruction of a section of unsealed section with new bitumen spray seal pavement.

Heavy vehicles will be detoured via the Browns Well Highway, Symonds Street, Gilbert Avenue, Homburg Terrace, Mallee Highway.

Note: The slip lane from Gilbert Avenue entering Homburg Terrace, Pinnaroo has a width of 5.6 m due to signage. Vehicles with loads greater than 5.6 m may need to travel via the intersection of Gilbert Avenue and Homburg Terrace instead of the slip lane.

Barrier Highway / Copperhouse Road, Burra (January to March 2019)

Improvements to the Barrier Highway / Copperhouse Road / Springbank Road junction will commence in January 2019. Works will include the offsetting of the existing four-way intersection of the Barrier Highway / Copperhouse Road / Springbank Road to a staggered 'T' Junction. A separated left turn lane will also be installed on the Barrier Highway for vehicles turning left on to Copperhouse Road.

The works will be undertaken between 7.00 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Saturday commencing 7 January 2019 with works anticipated to be completed by April 2019, weather permitting.

Traffic restrictions will be in place throughout the work site during construction.

For community and road user enquiries please contact the Technical Services department at the Goyder Council by email council@goyder.sa.gov.au or telephone 8892 0100.

Regional Bridges

The $40 million Australian government and state government-funded Regional Bridges Upgrade Program will improve road safety and increase freight efficiency by upgrading a number of bridges across South Australia’s regional road network at various locations in the Mid-North, Riverland, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley.

Regional Bridges Project - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Rocky River Bridge, Crystal Brook (21 January to June 2019)

The Rocky River Bridge on the Augusta Highway near Crystal Brook is being upgraded.

A traffic diversion and speed restrictions at this location are now in place, applicable to all vehicles. The diversion is in place to allow for preliminary activities to occur prior to the upgrade works which are scheduled to commence from Thursday 31 January 2019 and are expected to be completed by late June 2019, weather permitting, and will include:

  • bridge and road shoulder widening
  • installation of new guard rails and bridge barriers

Works will be undertaken from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm, starting on Monday morning and finishing on Saturday afternoon each week until the completion of the Project.

Road users are advised to follow the direction of traffic management staff and observe signage.

Sturt Highway and Riverland bridges (7 January to July 2019)

A number of regional bridges in the Kingston and Renmark-Paringa districts are being upgraded. Works are scheduled to commence from 7 January 2019 and are expected to be completed by late July 2019, weather permitting, and will include:

  • Installation of new guard rails and bridge barriers
  • Widening of road pavement across bridges

Works will be undertaken from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Saturday each week until the completion of the project.

Start of works notification - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Bridges schedule for works are located along the Sturt Highway between Kingston ON Murray and Renmark and are as follows:

  • Paringa Causeway Bridges 1 and 2 (River Murray Flood Plains) - works commenced 7 January 2019
  • Salt Creek Bridge - works commenced 29 January 2019
  • Bookmark Creek Bridge - works commenced 12 February 2019
  • Kingston Bridge - works commenced 29 January 2019
  • Paringa Causeway Bridges 3 and 4 (River Murray Flood Plains) - scheduled 15 March 2019

Barossa Valley bridges (22 February to July 2019)

Works on the Stott Highway Bridge and Lyndoch Bridge are scheduled to commence on Friday 22 February 2019 and are expected to be completed in July 2019, weather permitting, and will involve:

  • replacing the existing bridge with wider structures
  • installation of new guard rails and bridge barriers

Works will be undertaken from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Saturday each week until the completion of the project.

Traffic will be diverted around the work site under a speed restriction via a temporary diversion road, which has been constructed adjacent to the bridge structures.

Program schedule

RegionBridge Scheduled commencement
Adelaide Hills Inverbrackie Bridge and intersection March 2019
Clare Valley Skillies Bridge February 2019
  Farrell Flat Bridge and Road culvert December 2018 - completed
Sturt Highway and Riverland Salt Creek bridge 29 January 2019 - commenced
  Bookmark Creek Bridge 29 January 2019 - commenced
  Kingston Bridge 29 January 2019 - commenced
  Paringa Causeway Bridges 1-2 (River Murray Flood Plains) 7 January 2019 - commenced
  Paringa Causeway bridges 3-4 (River Murray Flood Plains) 15 March 2019
Barossa Valley Stott Highway Bridge 22 February 2019
  Lyndoch Bridge 22 February 2019
  Altona Bridge March 2019
Mid North Rocky River Bridge (near Crystal Brook) 16 January 2019 - commenced

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