Bridge to improve truck access

Heavy load: A replacement bridge over the Waranga Western Channel will improve truck access between Stanhope and Rushworth. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

Work on a new bridge over the Waranga Western Channel on the Girgarre-Rushworth Rd is expected to start this year.

The new bridge to replace the current bridge will be funded through a $3.9 million Victorian Government grant.

The current bridge was built in 1977 and has a load limit of 42.5 tonnes and a reduced speed limit in place due to the condition of the bridge.

The works will allow Girgarre-Rushworth Rd to return to being a key route for freight, including for drivers travelling to and from Fonterra in Stanhope.

“We know how important this route is to the local freight industry, which is why we are delivering a new bridge to help keep all road users safe,” Victorian Roads Minister Ben Carroll said.

“Our first priority is to keep people safe on our roads, and inspections identified that the Girgarre-Rushworth Rd bridge required complete replacement to safely cater for heavy vehicles.”

Applications for a contractor to build the bridge are now open.

A start date for construction will be confirmed following contract award. Works are expected to start in late 2022 and finish in 2023.

Girgarre-Rushworth Rd will be be closed at the Waranga Western Channel during construction, with detours in place.

Heavy vehicles over 42.5 tonnes are reminded to continue to detour via Corop, Colbinabbin, Murchison or Tatura as applicable.