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New bridge for Harcourt

Eagles road bridge in Harcourt

Council will soon replace the bridge on Eagles Road in Harcourt to provide safer access for pedestrians and motorists.

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council will soon replace the bridge on Eagles Road in Harcourt to provide safer access for pedestrians and motorists.

“The existing bridge is at the end of its useful life and this project will see a new bridge constructed that not only meets current standards, but will be considerably safer for road users and the local community,” said Jess Howard, Director Infrastructure and Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We will also extend the guardrails and place crash terminals at the end to reduce the likelihood of vehicles entering the creek,” said Ms Howard.

A pedestrian footpath will be added on the eastern side of the new bridge.

To improve sightlines for motorists and pedestrians the road leading to the bridge will be upgraded and realigned, with some vegetation removed at the Eagles Road and Bridge Street intersection.

Works are expected to begin in September. A detour route will be in place during construction with details on the detour to be advised closer to the project start date.

“The new bridge will be built to last for 80 to 100 years and will be able to withstand the increase in traffic as Harcourt continues to grow,” said Ms Howard.

“Once we’ve completed the works the current 20 tonne load limit will be removed to ensure safe access for heavy vehicles including firefighting and emergency vehicles.”

As part of the project the waterway will be cleared and slightly widened to increase water flow under the bridge and to reduce the risk of flooding. Rock beaching will be incorporated to help prevent erosion.

For more information on this project contact Graeme Barnes, Project Officer, on 5471 1700 or visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/CapitalWorks.



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