The much-needed replacement of Edwards Bridge in South Warrnambool will begin at the end of the peak summer holiday season.
The bridge will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians from February 1, 2022 with demolition works commencing shortly after.
The new bridge is expected to open for use by the end of September 2022 (weather dependent).
The new bridge will have dedicated bike lanes and wide pedestrian walkways on both sides, increasing connectivity around the Warrnambool foreshore precinct.
The total project budget is $4.6 million, with Council successfully applying for a total of $2 million in grant funding via the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.
Warrnambool Mayor Cr Richard Ziegeler said that replacing Edwards Bridge would be one of Council’s biggest infrastructure projects in 2022.
“After more than 120 years, Edwards Bridge has reached the end of its serviceable life,” he said.
“In recent years Council has spent money repairing and re-enforcing the bridge to keep it operating, and now that we have sourced grant funding from the Australian Government, now is the time to fully replace the bridge.
“We have been in direct contact with nearby residents and businesses as well as emergency services and public transport companies, and they are all aware of the construction schedule.
“In the short-term, Pertobe Road will be the only way vehicles can access the foreshore precinct, but in the long-term, we will have a bridge that will still be going strong into the 22nd century.”
In September, Council awarded the tender for the design and construction of the new Edwards Bridge to MACA Civil Pty Ltd.
Council will be in further communication with residents and businesses across the summer before construction begins in February.