Projects helping Harrietville recover

A HARRIETVILLE footbridge damaged by flooding last year has been repaired and has reopened to pedestrian and cycle traffic.

The Catherine Lilly Bridge spans the Ovens River, connecting Pioneer and Tavare parks.

It was badly damaged during a flood event in early 2013, following the bushfire that sparked on the edge of Harrietville in late January.

Alpine Shire Council Director Infrastructure Services Ian Ellett said the outcome is an excellent one for the community and visitors to Harrietville.

“The design of the bridge has retained the heritage style, but this time it features more durable materials, such as galvanised steel,” he said.

“The bridge itself has been raised by 600mm to reduce the risk of future flood damage and new approach ramps have been installed to cater for this increased elevation.

To further the appeal of the site, which will form the start of the new Harrietville – Bright Shared Trail, a revamp to the waterwheel is nearing completion and a sculpture by local artist Tom Bradbury has been installed.

“The bridge and surrounding area will be a great kick-off point for the new trail, which has the potential to become major drawcard for visitors and a great asset for locals,” Mr Ellett said.

Construction of the trail will begin this month, with the aim to have Stage One works completed in time for summer.

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