Coopers Bridge: Now Open
An impressive new two-lane bridge now spans the Moorabool River on Meredith-Steiglitz Road, improving road safety and travel for residents and visitors to Meredith.
The new Coopers Bridge replaces the single-lane, load-limited bridge, with new approaches linking the structure with the existing road.
“Council set a busy infrastructure agenda in the 2019/20 Budget and the new two-lane Coopers Bridge is a big job that is now completed. It’s a safer, stronger structure that will serve the community for many decades and we pleased to have the much-improved road and new bridge open to residents and visitors of Meredith,” said Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey.
The much-needed $1.6 million project was the largest infrastructure commitment from Council in 2019/20. The State Government’s Fixing Country Roads program contributed $300,000 to the project with Council funding the remainder of the project in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 Budgets.
Recently, Council applied for funding under the Federal Government’s Bridge Renewal Program to replace Geggies Road Bridge in Rokewood and to rehabilitate Slate Quarry Road Bridge in Meredith. If the grant applications for matching funding are successful, Council will deliver these bridge projects in its 2020/21 Budget.
Photo: Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey surveys the new two-lane Coopers Bridge (left) over the Moorabool River in Meredith, overlooking the previous single-lane structure (right).