Importantly, Council advises that the bridge will be closed to traffic for a period of approximately 20 weeks whilst Benalla based company Waratah Constructions carries out the significant upgrade works.
Director Infrastructure Phil Hoare said the bridge is a vital link across the Goulburn River and therefore these works are required to ensure it remains safe and functional.
“Council was successful in receiving funding under the Bridges Renewal Program Round 5 to undertake significant remediation works to ensure the bridge is accessible until its ultimate replacement,” he said.
“Council recently completed similar successful remedial works to the Toolamba Bridge, returning it to its designed load limit. The remediation works that will occur on Watt Road Bridge are part of our Asset Management Strategy for this critical piece of infrastructure and are in line with its ultimate replacement, subject to funding, within the next 10 years.”
Mr Hoare said the bridge is approaching the end of its life and Council has commenced extensive planning to achieve its replacement.
“The planning, design and approval process for the replacement of the Watt Road Bridge will be extensive,” he said.
“These current repair works are important to ensure that the existing bridge remains safe and trafficable until the future works can occur.”
The current works are anticipated to cost $1 million and be completed by 10 December 2021, with Council working in conjunction with the contractor to minimise disruptions.
Mr Hoare said while the works will impact traffic flow in the area, they are necessary given the role the bridge plays in commuter travel between Shepparton, Mooroopna and surrounding towns.
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