A new bridge will enable trucks and other heavy vehicles to return to Girgarre-Rushworth Road between Stanhope and Rushworth in Victoria, thanks to a multi-million-dollar investment from the State Government.
The new bridge over the Waranga Western Channel will replace the current bridge, with works set to allow Girgarre-Rushworth Road to return to being a key route for freight, including drivers travelling to and from Fonterra in Stanhope.
The State Government is advertising for a contractor to build the bridge with applications open for five weeks. A start date for construction will be confirmed following contract award.
The current bridge was built in 1977 and has a load limit of 42.5 tonne and a reduced speed limit in place due to the condition of the bridge, with the new design set to create safer and smoother journeys for all road users.
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll said the project would keep to better connect the regions farmers and freight operators.
“Our first priority is to keep people safe on our roads and inspections identified that the Girgarre-Rushworth Road bridge required complete replacement to safely cater for heavy vehicles,” Carroll said.
The project is funded by the Road Network Bridge Strengthening Program as part of the Victorian Government’s investment in the freight network.
Works are expected to start late 2022 and finish in 2023.