Bridge strengthening to preserve truck access


Bridges in Victoria will receive upgrades to strengthen them and preserve access for heavy vehicles in the State

April 15, 2013

Bridges in Victoria will receive upgrades next month to strengthen them and preserve access for heavy vehicles in the State.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister says $4.2 million will be spent on two bridges over the Wimmera River along the Western Highway in Horsham in early May.

He says the works will ensure truck drivers can continue to use the direct route between Melbourne and the State’s western region.

"A vital link connecting the northern and southern suburbs of Horsham, these two bridges are used by as many as 23,000 cars and trucks each and every day," Albanese says.

"As well as strengthening works, the project will also widen the existing traffic lanes on both bridges and provide better, safer access for pedestrians and cyclists, including the installation of safety barriers."

Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder says pre-construction activities such as the widening of the footways and completion of pavement works in the centre medium were already underway.

"Expected to take twelve months to complete, the project will be delivered in two stages with the closure of one bridge at a time," he says.


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