Freeburgh Bridge works to commence next month

Local residents won’t have to take the ‘long way round’ for much longer, with contractors set to commence onsite works on the Freeburgh Bridge in February.

The Freeburgh Bridge has been closed to vehicle access since February 2015, in response to public safety concerns raised by an experienced bridge engineer.

Council awarded the $263,100 (excl GST) contract to Murray Valley Piling Pty Ltd during the November, 2015 ordinary council meeting, and Council’s Director Assets Charlie Bird said onsite works should be completed within two months.

“We anticipate that onsite works will commence early in February as planned, and the single lane bridge should be reopened to vehicular traffic sometime in April,” he said.

Mr Bird said the Bridge replacement work includes the addition of a shared path lane to cater for pedestrians and cyclists.

“We were able to incorporate a separate shared path river crossing in the project, which is great news considering the Bright-Harrietville shared path is expected to extend from Germantown to Freeburgh at some stage,” he said.

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