Colac traffic to move onto temporary bridge

An artist’s impression shows motorists using a temporary steel bridge to cross the Barongarook Creek in Murray Street, Colac, while workers demolish and replace an 80-year-old bridge at the site.

Workers are building the foundations of Colac’s new Barongarook Creek Bridge, with traffic to be move onto a temporary steel bridge next month.

Contractors started piling at 17 sites near the bridge this month and will drive the piles about 35 metres deep.

Workers will demolish the 80-year-old Barongarook Creek Bridge, making way for a new bridge that will accommodate increased traffic volumes, including high-capacity freight vehicles.

Major Road Projects Victoria says that once the first stage of piling works are complete, traffic will move onto a temporary steel bridge in late February to allow for demolition.

“This is a significant freight route with trucks heading to farms and regional ports via the bridge, so building a temporary steel bridge will keep Colac open for business as we build the new crossing,” project director Tim Price said.

The new two-lane bridge will also include dedicated bicycle lanes and new pedestrian footpaths and is expected to be completed later this year.

The bridge’s construction is part of the federal and state governments’ $363-million Princes Highway duplication from Winchelsea to Colac.

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