Wantirna Road Bridge given a facelift

Media Release

DC024/2016

21 March 2016

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Michael Sukkar

Federal Member for Deakin

Shaun Leane

Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region

Important works to strengthen the Wantirna Road bridge over Dandenong Creek in Melbourne's east have recently been completed.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government provided $533,000 to the project under Round 1 of the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme, with funding matched by the Victorian Government.

“The Australian Government is investing $300 million over four years in the Bridges Renewal Programme to support the repair and replacement of bridges nationwide,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Deakin Michael Sukkar said the $1.1 million Wantirna Road Bridge project had strengthened its carrying capacity from 25 tonnes to 44 tonnes.

“The Bridges Renewal Programme extends the lifespan of vital pieces of infrastructure, such as this bridge south of Ringwood, and will minimise maintenance work required in the years ahead,” he said.

“Works involved constructing a new bridge deck, along with a new footpath, pedestrian fencing, bridge barriers and guard fencing.

“Works began in October last year to strengthen the bridge and improve pedestrian and cycling access. It is great for the local community to see this finished ahead of schedule.”

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the bridge provided a connection between Canterbury Road and Boronia Road in Melbourne's east.

“More than 10,000 vehicles each day travel across this bridge on Wantirna Road, with more than a quarter of the traffic occurring during the morning peak,” Mr Donnellan said.

Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane said the bridge was a vital community asset.

“The bridge is an important piece of infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists and the facilities have been improved for them as well,” Mr Leane said.

“Throughout the works over the past 15 weeks, the road has remained opened and we would like to thank the community for their patience in driving through the site, particularly during the busy peak periods.”