Contractor announced for $1.5 million reconstruction of Boggaley Creek Bridge

Media Release

DC027/2016

22 March 2016

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Gayle Tierney

Member for Western Victoria

The Australian and Victorian governments today announced Ace Infrastructure as the successful contractor to rebuild parts of an original 1970s Boggaley Creek bridge on the Great Ocean Road.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgraded bridge and road near Wye River would ensure safe and reliable access for all Great Ocean Road travellers.

“This $1.5 million project will provide a safer journey for motorists on the Great Ocean Road and will ensure the longevity of this bridge for the next 100 years,” Mr Chester said.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said reconstruction of the bridge, located between Lorne and Apollo Bay would ensure that local residents and tourists could continue to enjoy all that this iconic area offers well into the future.

“We're getting on with delivering the infrastructure that regional communities need and this bridge replacement will ensure safe and reliable access for all Great Ocean Road travellers, now and into the future,” Mr Donnellan said.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the works would be a boost for the local community, which was affected by the devastating bushfires over the Christmas period.

“The Great Ocean Road communities have shown great resilience since the Christmas bushfires and today's announcement is another sign of the Australian Government's commitment to them by delivering the infrastructure this region needs,” Ms Henderson said.

“These works will involve rebuilding the existing single span bridge and upgrading the road to eliminate potholes and rough areas. Eleven concrete slabs nine metres in length will replace 20 beams to form the new bridge crossing.

“While there may be some short-term delays while the works are carried out, this will be outweighed by the long-term benefits of having a safer and smoother road for years to come.”

State Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said that rebuilding this bridge and upgrading the road at Boggaley Creek would ensure safe and reliable access for all Great Ocean Road travellers, now and into the future.

“This upgrade will provide a smoother, more comfortable and safer journey for everyone who enjoys the Great Ocean Road and will ensure the longevity of this bridge for generations to come,” Ms Tierney said.

Works at Boggaley Creek Bridge are expected to start in April 2016 and be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.