$7m Ocean Road bridge fix

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - HAR­RI­SON TIPPET

MORE than $7 mil­lion will be used to fix the re­gion’s run­down bridges.

More than half of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing will be used to re­place the Wye River and Moggs Creek bridges.

Fed­eral In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester last week an­nounced the Gov­ern­ment would pro­vide $162 mil­lion for the These up­grades mean lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties will have ac­cess to safer and more re­li­able roads.” third round of the Bridges Re­newal Program, which in­cluded $2.39 mil­lion to re­place the Wye River Bridge, about $1.98 mil­lion to re­place the Moggs Creek Bridge, and $2.8 mil­lion for up­grades to bridges cross­ing Cowies Creek in Gee­long’s north. Co­rangamite fed­eral Lib­eral MP Sarah Hen­der­son said she was de­lighted by the fund­ing.

“The Bridges Re­newal Program is de­signed to bol­ster the pro­duc­tiv­ity of lo­cal bridges, and give coun­cils the sup­port they need to bet­ter serve com­mu­ni­ties and drive greater ef­fi­ciency in traf­fic move­ment,” Ms Hen­der­son said.

“These up­grades mean lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties will have ac­cess to safer and more re­li­able roads.”

The $4.78 mil­lion planned re­place­ment of the Wye River Bridge will widen the two-lane bridge to im­prove ac­cess for heavy ve­hi­cles and the com­mu­nity, while also pro­vid­ing a bet­ter safe­guard against the 90km de­tour if the bridge is un­able to be used.

The Moggs Creek Bridge re­place­ment project, which will cost about $4 mil­lion in to­tal, is ex­pected to ex­tend the bridge’s life by about 100 years.

Bridges at Moggs Creek (pic­tured) and Wye River will be up­graded.

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