Old bridge re­vi­talised

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

An al­most 60-year-old bridge near Tatura has a new lease on life.

The Heath Rd bridge in Harston has un­der­gone a $120 000 re­fur­bish­ment as part of Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter’s win­ter works.

The bridge crosses the cen­tral Goul­burn num­ber eight chan­nel and G-MW field su­per­vi­sor Jamie Tal­bot said the cen­tre pier had been in need of re­place­ment.

‘‘We had to de-wa­ter the chan­nel first, in­stall a cof­fer- dam, or tem­po­rary dam, and re­move the silt and mud with an ex­ca­va­tor,’’ Mr Tal­bot said.

‘‘Then we lifted the bridge beams off and put in some pre-cast bridge foot­ing to sta­bilise the bridge and its base.

‘‘Rock ar­mour­ing has also been laid in the chan­nel.’’

A crane has been on site in re­cent days to lift the bridge beams back into po­si­tion fol­low­ing the pier works. Grout will then be poured on the bridge deck.

‘‘We’re util­is­ing the old struc­ture to put ev­ery­thing back to­gether,’’ Mr Tal­bot said.

‘‘This is a great op­tion be­cause the bridge would have cost $350 000 to re­place. So this is a cost­ef­fec­tive way of car­ry­ing out this work.’’

The works will ex­tend the life of Heath Rd bridge for an­other 50 years.

Bridge works: Silt and mud were re­moved from the chan­nel with an ex­ca­va­tor be­fore rockar­mour­ing was laid. Pic­ture: Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter

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