Great Ocean Road bridge replacement gets underway
Construction of a stronger and wider bridge on the Great Ocean Road at Moggs Creek will begin next week to ensure the world-famous coastal road remains safe and accessible.
The new bridge is part of a significant package of works being delivered on the Great Ocean Road this year as part of a vital upgrade of bridge infrastructure.
This work will be delivered by Regional Roads Victoria, as part of a joint investment by the Australian and Victorian governments.
When complete, the new single span bridge at Moggs Creek will include a dedicated ocean-side pedestrian pathway, adjacent pedestrian refuge and cycling lanes to improve safety and access for all road users.
A temporary, pre-fabricated Bailey bridge has already been installed in preparation for major construction.
The temporary Bailey bridge will allow crews to completely demolish the existing bridge, with traffic to be moved onto the Bailey, allowing for a more efficient construction timeline.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said upgrading key infrastructure along the Great Ocean Road would ensure the route could continue to support the local community and economy.
“The Moggs Creek Bridge was built in the 1950s and is nearing the end of its design life. It’s important this vital structure is replaced so it continues to be strong, safe and fit for purpose,” Mr McCormack said.
State Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the Transport Accident Commission Jaala Pulford said the Great Ocean Road was not only one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia but it was also the lifeline so many of Victoria’s coastal communities rely upon.
“Making sure the bridge infrastructure is strong and safe is absolutely crucial, not only for the visitors to our region but for our local communities and businesses,” Ms Pulford said.
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said thousands of vehicles travelled along the Great Ocean Road over the summer, with traffic volumes expected to grow.
“I was very pleased to work with the Moggs Creek community to ensure that the bridge design had minimal impact on the coastal environment,” Ms Henderson said.
“We’re replacing ageing infrastructure to ensure the road is safe and reliable not just for now, but for years to come.”
The $3.97 million Moggs Creek bridge replacement project has been funded through the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and the Victorian Government’s Strong Bridge, Stronger Economy initiative.
This work follows bridge replacement projects already completed at Grey River, Separation Creek and Boggaley Creek, as well as bridge strengthening upgrades at Smythe Creek.