Bridge works beaming with progress at Horsham
03 October 2013
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Public Transport
Minister for Roads
Member for Mallee
Member for Lowan
Works on the Wimmera River Bridges Upgrade has seen an impressive milestone with five large concrete beams being hoisted into place.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, Victorian Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, new Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, and State Member for Lowan, Hugh Delahunty, announced the next significant stage of the Horsham upgrade.
Mr Truss said these works in Horsham were part of the $48.45 million Western Highway Upgrade between Stawell and the South Australian border jointly funded by the Australian ($40 million) and Victorian ($8.45 million) Governments.
“Works on the west bridge are scheduled to be completed in December this year, and then works on the east bridge can be completed,” Mr Truss said.
“Both bridges are planned to be completed and open to traffic by April 2014, with VicRoads contractors on schedule.”
Mr Mulder said VicRoads contractors will lift five large concrete beams this week to widen the pedestrian footpath as part of the upgrade.
“This $4.26 million project is progressing well, with the beams to be lifted into place on the west bridge this week,” Mr Mulder said.
“This upgrade will strengthen the bridges to improve load capacity and safety - providing better facilities for pedestrians.
“The footpath will be widened by 1.5 metres and the beams will be brought in to support that part of the bridge structure. The beams are between 12 and 18 metres long and weigh up to 22 tonnes each.
“Widening the footpath will improve access on both bridges and installing bridge barriers between pedestrians and motorists will improve safety,” Mr Mulder said.
“Another five beams will be lifted for the east bridge during the next stage of the project.
“Works to hammer concrete pillars into the ground to support both bridges are complete and now the focus is on finishing the footpath, bridge deck and barriers on the west bridge,” Mr Mulder said.
Mr Broad said these works were important for both passenger and heavy vehicle access through the region.
“What we are seeing is significant investment in the Mallee’s transport infrastructure,” Mr Broad said.
“As a new Government we have committed to strengthening our regions and connecting communities is the basis of this.
“This is just a part of connecting the freight route through western Victoria to and from South Australia,” Mr Broad said.
Victorian Member for Lowan, Hugh Delahunty, welcomed the news of this important milestone.
“I am pleased to see an upgrade of our bridges and road infrastructure and I believe the work has progressed well,” Mr Delahunty said.
“It is also pleasing to see motorists allowing a little more time so that there have been few disruptions. I am looking forward to the bridges reopening to full capacity.
“I want to thank the community for its patience during these works and ask everyone to observe the changed traffic conditions and drive carefully.”
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