$2.25 million has been budgeted to deliver a new bridge crossing of the Buckland River at Goldies Spur Road.
The existing road bridge, which comprises wrought iron girders from four dredge arms that are estimated to be over 100 years old, is nearing the end of its useful life and currently has a load limit of 8 tonne gross vehicle masss (GVM) applied.
This load limit restricts heavy vehicle movements up the Buckland Valley, including the transport of heavy machinery to enable DELWP to access 320,000 Ha of State Forest to undertake fire management activities.
Design work is well progressed for a new bridge, proposed to be constructed downstream of the existing bridge.
The State Government is contributing $1.5 million to this project under their Fixing Country Roads program and DELWP is also contributing $600,000 towards construction of the new bridge.