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Golden Plains Shire Council secures $300K federal funding toward bridge replacement

Golden Plains Shire Council has secured $300,000 towards replacing the Pitfield-Cressy Road bridge in round two of the Bridges Renewal Programme.

The Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development announced successful projects under round two on 18 January 2016, and Golden Plains was one of the fortunate recipients.

The Pitfield-Cressy Road, which connects the Rokewood-Skipton Road and the Colac-Ballarat Road, is a strategic route for heavy vehicles that are currently unable to use the bridge due to the 15 tonne load limit.

The existing bridge has some structural problems and a poor horizontal alignment with an advisory 40km/h speed limit. The proposed culvert structure will be realigned meaning there will be no need for the advisory speed limit.

Planning has already commenced for the project; the design of the new bridge has been completed and the project is expected to be completed at the end of the next financial year (30 June 2017).

Mayor, Cr Des Phelan, said this is a great win for the area.

“Council really pushed for this funding and it’s great for a whole lot of reasons.

“The bridge is on an important strategic route for heavy vehicles and farm machinery and access to the Werneth Grain storage and this work will ensure that that route continues to support our local industry.

“The bridge was due for replacement and we couldn’t afford to replace it solely through Council’s existing budgets. With rate capping on the horizon, we will lobby and advocate even more for our residents around issues like this.

“Council would like to express its gratitude to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for supporting this project.”