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Barfold bridges replacement project

Photograph of Curlys Bridge on Mitchells Lane, Barfold

This project will replace three bridges near the township of Barfold with new modern structures, which will greatly improve safety for motorists and allow for heavy vehicle access for fire-fighting purposes, as well as access for waste collection and other community services vehicles.

Project summary

Council has secured funding from Round 5 of the Australian Government’s Bridge Renewal Program to enable the construction of three new concrete bridges to replace the existing structures on Siddles Road, Shillidays Road and Mitchells Lane in Barfold.

All three bridges have been assessed as in need of replacement.

Project aim and outcomes

This project involves the design and construction of new concrete bridges (which are not load limited) with the capacity to service the needs of the residents, tourists, and farm and service vehicles accessing Siddles Road, Shillidays Road and Mitchells Lane in Barfold.

Design considerations

The design of these bridges has considered:

- The carrying capacity and safety infrastructure noting commercial and personal use by cars and farm vehicles.
- An expected design life of 80 to 100 years.

Two of the bridges will be replaced with single lane structures as currently exists. The Siddles Road bridge will be rebuilt as a double lane bridge.

Where are we now

This project is now nearing commencement. The contract has been awarded to Kazland Pty Ltd trading as Prendergast Earthmoving.

Design of two of the three bridges is now complete and the contractor is preparing to mobilise to site.

View the Siddles Road Bridge design document.
View the Curlys Bridge design document.

The Shillidays Road Bridge design document will be available from here when it is complete.

Intended construction timeline

Work will commence mid-May on the Siddles Road bridge. The planned detour is via Tooks Road and Perry’s Lane.

The replacement of Curlys bridge and Shilliday bridge will follow. The replacement of these two bridges will occur simultaneously with an estimated start date of 14 June 2021. Detours will be announced closer to the commencement of the work on these two bridges.

It is anticipated that the project will be completed by the end of June 2021.

Project manager

Graeme Barnes – Project Manager
Email: g.barnes@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

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