Australian Government renewing 18 bridges across VIC

Media Release


27 February 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Eighteen bridges across Victoria will be upgraded under the first tranche of the Australian Government's new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that $12.8 million in federal funds will be pumped into local Victorian bridges—matched by funding proponents—to improve the state's road network.

“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster productivity of Australia's local bridges, to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement,” Mr Truss said.

“By upgrading these bridges from, for example, by replacing one-lane timber bridges with two-lane concrete bridges, residents will enjoy better, safer and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will be able to pass safely along quicker routes with greatly improved productivity.

“It's a classic win-win situation. That's why the Coalition Government identified local bridge upgrades and repairs as a national priority.”

Victorian Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said councils would play a vital role in delivering the upgrades.

“The value of these upgrades in small communities is directly reflected by the quality of proposals received from local councils, with 12 of the 18 Victorian successful projects being from councils across the state,” Mr Donnellan said.

“The Victorian Government welcomes this funding as part of the Victorian Government's Stronger Country Bridges Program which will improve productivity and help regional Victorians get their goods to market faster.”

“These commitments are about making sure our roads and bridges support the economic and social activities of our regional communities.”

The Australian Government is committing $114 million over Round One of the Bridges Renewal programme, committing a total of $300 million over five years from 2014–15.

See ‘Attachment A’ below for more details on each of the 18 Victorian projects.

Attachment A: Bridges Renewal Programme projects—Victoria

Proponent Name Project Name and Location Project Description AG Funds ($000s) Total Project Cost ($000s)
VicRoads Wantirna Road Bridge over Dandenong Creek, Wantirna, 25km from the central business district of Melbourne. Strengthening of the two lane concrete bridge with overlay. 533 1,066
VicRoads Wallen Rd Bridge over the Yarra River, 5km east of Melbourne CBD. Reinforcement of a four lane heritage bridge 1,869 3,738
VicRoads Mahers Creek Bridge, Murray Valley Hwy, Torrumbarry 30km NW of Echuca Bridge strengthening 477 954
VicRoads Melton Main Rd Bridge, Melton over Toolern Creek 35km NW of Melbourne CBD. Strengthening bridge with new overlay. 1,166 2,332
VicRoads Bridge over Kananook Creek, Seaford Rd, Seaford 35km SE of Melbourne CBD Strengthening of the two lane concrete bridge with overlay. 433 866
VicRoads Bridge on Kyabram-Rochester Rd, approx. 640metres west of Wigg Street, Girgarre and 46kms SE of Echuca Bridge strengthening over irrigation channel 414 828
  Total State Government funding 4,892 9,784
Ballarat City Council Lofven Street Culvert renewal, 20m north from Nerrina Rd, crossing Little Bendigo Creek, Ballarat Remove corroded parts and replace with concrete invert liner. 143 286
Baw Baw Shire Council Labertouche Rd Bridge, Tango River, 90kms east of Melbourne Replace the existing concrete bridge. 500 1,000
Benalla Rural City Council Ackerley Bridge, Ackerley Avenue, over the Broken River, Benalla, 40kms SW of Wangaratta Replace an existing deck with stronger deck. 400 819
Cardinia Shire Council Eleven Mile Bridge, Bunyip River Rd, Cora Lynn 80kms east of Melbourne Replace existing timber structure with a contemporary concrete bridge. 460 920
Corangamite Shire Council Castle Carey Rd, between Camperdown and Mortlake, 137 kms due west of Geelong Replace a two lane timber bridge with wider two lane bridge, new approaches and straighter alignment. 1,632 3,264
East Gippsland Shire Council Bosworth Rd Bridge, Bosworth Rd Bairnsdale, 280kms east of Melbourne Replace one lane wooden bridge with two lane steel/concrete bridge 342 685
Greater Dandenong City Council Abbotts Rd Bridge, Abbotts Rd, Dandenong South Bridge duplication over Eumemmerring Creek 1,140 2,280
Moorabool Shire Council Halletts Way, Werribee River, Bacchus Marsh. Construction of a new bridge on a new 1,360m north-south Rd connection. 2,177 4,354
South Gippsland Shire Council Allambee Estate Rd Bridge, north of Hallston and 140kms east of Melbourne Replace a timber bridge with new precast concrete bridge. 285 570
Strathbogie Shire Council Kellys Bridge on Creightons Creek Rd 18kms SW of Euroa via the Hume Freeway and Creightons Creek Rd Replacing the existing deck with a wider stronger deck. 60 120
Strathbogie Shire Council Kirwans Bridge, McLeod St, linking Nagambie and Murchison, 5kms north of Nagambie and 57kms SW of Shepparton Upgrade to increase capacity from 6t to 15t load limit. 200 400
Warrnambool City Council Ziegler Parade Bridge over the Hopkins River at Allansford, 12kms east of Warrnambool Repair and reinforcement of existing concrete bridge structure and upgrade of guard railing. 600 1,200
Total Local Government funding 7,939 15,898