Thursday, April 25, 2024

Golden Plains Shire marks year of bridge building

Vehicles are once again crossing Mount Misery Creek on Paddys Gully Road following a three-month bridge rebuild, Golden Plains Shire Council said this week.

The new two-lane reinforced concrete bridge reopened for traffic following three months of construction to replace the ageing single span timber bridge. The old bridge was limited to 10 tonnes and was in poor condition, necessitating the upgrade which will now allow light and heavy vehicles full access to the crossing, Council said.

Final works to install guardrails will be completed by the end of January, with the speed limited to 40km/h until the works are finished.

The new Paddys Gully Road Bridge was a partnership project between Council and the Australian Government, with $261,856 from Council’s 2021/22 Budget and $318,680 from the second round of the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. The project was built by Golden Plains-based Begbies Contracting following a competitive tender process.

Golden Plains Shire Mayor, Gavin Gamble says Council was pleased to have completed another important project thanks to funding from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

“It’s been a busy year for bridge building in Golden Plains, with Paddys Gully Road Bridge now joining three other bridges in Meredith and Rokewood that have been replaced with safer and wider structures,” he said.

“The old timber bridge on Paddys Gully Road was in need of replacing, and with funding from Council and the Australian Government, we’ve been able to replace the bridge was a reinforced and widened bridge to better serve the local community.

“The Australian Government’s Roads and Community Infrastructure Program has been a valuable source of financial assistance, allowing Council to deliver more vital projects over the past 18 months, like the replacement of Paddys Gully Road Bridge.”

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