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New bridge for Harcourt

Roadworks in progress.

Works will begin this week to replace the bridge on Eagles Road in Harcourt, which will provide safer access for pedestrians and motorists.

Monday 19 October 2020

Works will begin this week to replace the bridge on Eagles Road in Harcourt, which will provide safer access for pedestrians and motorists.

“We are excited to invest in this new bridge for the community, which will be built to last more than 80 years,” said Jess Howard, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“It’s a big project to remove and replace a bridge. If the weather does not disrupt our plans we expect to have it open by Christmas,” said Ms Howard.

The Eagles Road bridge will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians throughout the works. A detour will be in place, with traffic diverted via Market Street, Reservoir Road and McIvor Road.

“We realise it will be inconvenient for locals to close this road. However, we are confident the long term benefits of a new bridge and protected pedestrian walkway will more than outweigh the temporary detour,” said Ms Howard.

“The construction team will work six days a week to complete this project on time,” she said.

The replacement bridge includes a pedestrian footpath on the eastern side. New extended guard rails will be installed and crash terminals provided. In addition to reducing the risk of vehicles entering the creek, this will also provide protection for pedestrians as they approach the bridge.

The waterway will be widened slightly to increase water flow under the bridge and reduce the risk of flooding. Rock beaching will help to prevent erosion.

Controls will be in place to minimise noise and dust from the works.

“The new bridge will ensure safe access to and from the centre of Harcourt from the northern area, which is earmarked for future development.

“Harcourt is growing, and the bridge will more than adequately cater for an increase in traffic from future development on the northern side of town,” said Ms Howard.

Once the new bridge is constructed the current 20 tonne load limit will be removed to ensure safe access for heavy vehicles including firefighting and emergency vehicles.

Council awarded the $621,000 contract to construct the bridge to Kilmore-based North-Vic Constructions Pty Ltd.

For more information about this project contact Graeme Barnes, Project Engineer, on 0458 628 448.



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