Safer Crossing Completed For Inverleigh
After several months of work, the upgraded Barwon Park Road Bridge in Inverleigh is once again open for traffic.
With the old bridge over Warrambine Creek showing signs of structural distress, the deck of the Barwon Park Road Bridge in Inverleigh has been replaced in a partnership project between Golden Plains Shire and Surf Coast Shire Councils.
The existing and outdated w-beam bridge barrier was removed and upgraded to a VicRoads-approved medium performance bridge barrier. The narrow and steep 3.8m approach from the north was also widened to provide two traffic lanes, and a new retaining wall was constructed to improve retention of the approach fill.
With the bridge crossing the boundary between the two Shires, the cost of the $620,000 project was shared by Golden Plain Shire and Surf Coast Shire Councils. Of Golden Plains Shire Council’s $310,000 commitment, $110,000 came from the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey says the completion of the Barwon Park Road Bridge upgrade is the last major infrastructure project from the 2019/20 Council Budget.
“Council set a busy infrastructure agenda in the 2019/20 Budget and the upgraded bridge over the Warrambine Creek was the final piece on the 2019/20 to-do list. The bridge and the Golden Plains Shire approach is now much safer, and will serve the Inverleigh and border community well for many more years to come.
“Spanning the border between our Shire and the Surf Coast Shire, Council was pleased to be able to work with our neighbouring council to deliver this important upgrade, which also wouldn’t have been possible without the Roads to Recovery Program funding from the Federal Government.
“With our 2019/20 infrastructure agenda now complete and 2020/21 Budget approved, Council is already preparing for another year of important construction work across the Shire.”
Completed: Road Projects 2019/20
Council has now completed its roads and bridge infrastructure program, delivering all the roads infrastructure commitments in its 2019/20 Budget. With significant funding from Federal and State Government, these new and upgraded roads, bridges and works projects have made travel on local roads safer for residents and visitors to Golden Plains Shire:
- $1.6 million Coopers Bridge upgrade
- $1.5 million Maude-She Oaks Road widening
- $1.4 million Tall Tree Road upgrade
- $1.4 million Linton-Mannibadar Road widening
- $1.2 million Pitfield-Cressy Road upgrade
- $607,000 Wall Bridge replacement
- $500,00 Teesdale-Lethbridge Road upgrade
- $354,000 new footpaths in Smythesdale, Scarsdale, Rokewood and Bannockburn