Chi­na­mans Bridge tran­sit lane to guide ves­sels un­der struc­ture safely

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

A TRAN­SIT lane has been cre­ated on the Goul­burn River un­der Chi­na­mans Bridge in Nagam­bie to guide ves­sels un­der the steel span of the bridge.

Strath­bo­gie Shire mayor and chair of the Nagam­bie Wa­ter­ways Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee Amanda McClaren said the tran­sit lane has been put in place to ad­dress pub­lic safety con­cerns as­so­ci­ated with the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the bridge.

“Coun­cil is urg­ing wa­ter­ways users to utilise the lane des­ig­nated by the float­ing buoys and act with cau­tion when trav­el­ling near the bridge,” Cr McClaren said.

The de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the bridge has been wors­ened by van­dal­ism, in­clud­ing the ap­par­ent scav­eng­ing of tim­ber el­e­ments for fire­wood.

Opened in 1891, Chi­na­mans Bridge is one of Vic­to­ria’s oldest sur­viv­ing tim­ber road bridges, and one of very few sur­viv­ing ex­am­ples built prior to 1901.

In 1989, fol­low­ing re­align­ment of the Nagam­bie- Heath­cote Road onto a new re­place­ment bridge, the orig­i­nal bridge was closed to traf­fic and pedes­tri­ans.

Since then the struc­ture has re­ceived min­i­mal main­te­nance.

Coun­cil, Vi­cRoads and the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP) are work­ing closely with Her­itage Vic­to­ria to ad­dress the short­term is­sues as­so­ci­ated with the struc­ture of the bridge and find­ing a long-term so­lu­tion.

Coun­cil will be re­quest­ing a per­mit ex­emp­tion from Her­itage Vic­to­ria to un­der­take works in­clud­ing re­moval of handrails, sta­bil­i­sa­tion of the steel beams to pre­vent them rolling into the river and re­moval of deck­ing ma­te­rial from the steel span of the bridge to pre­vent de­bris fall­ing into the river

Coun­cil will pro­vide on­go­ing up­dates on in­terim works and the sta­tus of the bridge.

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