Beams lifted over the Barwon River in Winchelsea

Media Release


21 May 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Beams will be lifted into place over the Barwon River in Winchelsea today as part of the duplication of the Princes Highway West from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the beam lift is an important milestone in the construction of the new bridge over the Barwon River.

“Residents will have noticed two cranes rolling into town in preparation for the beam lift,” Mr Truss said.

“The cranes will lift a total of 18 beams, each weighing 26 tonnes into place to support the bridge deck which will be around 60 metres in length.”

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said the construction of the bridge is part of upgrading the road network in Winchelsea which also includes the installation of traffic signals at Hesse Street and Deans Marsh Road.

“Work is progressing well in Winchelsea with upgrades between Lennox Street and Austin Street completed late last year,” Mr Donnellan said.

“The construction of the bridge over the Barwon River is the next major milestone, with work expected to be completed from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea in the coming days.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who visited the site today, said the new bridge has been a boost for the community.

“Many of the parts that make up the bridge have been made locally, which has supported the economy and local jobs,” Ms Henderson said.

“Once complete, the new bridge will provide a safer route for all traffic moving through Winchelsea, particularly for traffic heading towards Geelong and Melbourne.”

The Member for the Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said this project is improving an important freight and tourist link between Melbourne, Geelong and south west Victoria to the South Australian border.

“The highway directly services over 350,000 people and a number of important industries including logging, agriculture, grain and dairy,” Ms Tierney said.

The Australian and Victorian governments are each providing $85.5 million towards the $171 million project.