Temporary replacement an option for Golden Ball Bridge
REGIONAL Roads Victoria (RRV) is exploring the option of installing a tem-porary Bailey Bridge to span the damaged Golden Ball Bridge which has been closed since Thursday due to the flood. It's one of a number of ideas RRV is investigating in the aftermath of last week's storm. According to the RRV, assessments need to be made to determine if a temporary bridge is appropriate for the location and whether the structure could support it as a temporary measure. Detailed examinations by a RRV struc-tural engineering team are under way to determine the best method of repair, which is expected to be shared with the commu-nity this week. The bridge piles — which support the structure — sustained significant structural damage during the deluge and the abutment — where the road meets the bridge — was severely eroded from the force of the water. Nicki Kyriakou, RRV North Eastern re-gional director, said safety was the number one priority. "We've assessed the level of risk across the network as we've coordinated our recovery works to reopen key roads," Ms Kyriakou said. "We're undertaking detailed impact as-sessment inspections which may identify additional infrastructure requiring repairs or rectification, so it could be some time before the full extent of damage from this unprecedented weather event is known." RRV representatives attended community meetings in Beechworth and Tarrawingee last Saturday where they heard concerns about access while the Golden Ball Bridge is out of action. A RRV team met with traders in Beech-worth on Tuesday to help understand how to best support businesses while the detours are in place and share the message that Beechworth is open for business. As an immediate action extra Variable Messaging Signs were put in place to ensure detour routes are clearly understood by the wider community, along with up-to-the-minute information on the Vic Traffic App with updated information shared with RRV's emergency services partners. Local road safety and technical experts have been examining the stability of the road foundation, surface quality and road-side reserves as floodwaters continue to recede. The community is advised to take note of changed conditions on the following roads and adhere to reduced speeds where advised: • Beechworth-Wangaratta Road, Golden Ball Bridge — Bridge sustained significant damage and is closed; • Great Alpine Road, Everton — re-stricted to one lane at Horseshoe Creek, controlled by traffic lights (expected to fully re-open by the end of this week); • Wangaratta-Yarrawonga Road, Peechelba — water over road, still open to traffic in both directions; • Murray Valley Highway at Ovens River Bridge - open with speed reduction in place; • Great Alpine Road, at Yellow Creek Wangaratta North, open with speed reduc-tion in place; • Federation Way, Bowser — open. Culvert near the intersection with Wan-garatta Road sustained damage and repairs are under way.
FLOW: Rain water flows into Beechworth’s Lake Sambell last week.
WALK IN THE RAIN: Dog lovers on the spillway Marettee Tuck (left) with ‘Arnie’ and ‘Henry’ and (right) Prue Everett with ‘Daisy’.