Bridges set to be replaced

Bridges set to be replaced

Construction contracts have been awarded for the next four timber bridges to be replaced by East Gippsland Shire Council.

At the June 25 council meeting, contracts were awarded for new concrete and steel bridges on Pages and Harmans roads, Johnsonville, Boyds Road, Mount Taylor, and Tices Road, Omeo.

Jarvis Norwood Constructions will complete the Pages Road ($219,440), Harmans Road ($325,362) and Boyds Road ($285,840) bridges, while Tambo onstructions will build the Tices Road bridge ($239,685).

Without a major upgrade the Pages Road bridge would need a load limit applied within the next year. The new single span bridge at Pages Road is expected to take six weeks to complete.

Acting general manager assets and environment, Mark Burnett, explained why load limits are put in place.

“By keeping heavier vehicles off bridges that are showing signs of structural fatigue, load limits can extend the life of a bridge,” he said.

“However this is not ideal as it limits access routes. Our bridge renewal program has reduced the number of council-managed bridges with a load limit to just 13.”

The Harmans Road bridge will be a two-span bridge. In 2016, a steel pile was driven into the centre of the bridge to reduce load on the bridge components. This allowed the bridge to remain without a load limit. During construction, which will be under 10 weeks, a side track will be installed.

Boyds Road bridge in Mount Taylor is frequently used by heavy haulage vehicles associated with the two nearby gravel pits. The new single span bridge will have a load rating of 68 tonne. Once work begins, the project is expected to take six weeks to complete.

The bridge on Tices Road, Omeo, has had a 20-tonne load limit for more than a decade. Tambo Constructions will replace this bridge with a new single span steel and concrete bridge. It is expected to be completed in under 10 weeks.

Council is responsible for more than 200 bridges. For more information on these projects contact project supervisor, Sean Heinemann.