Tem­po­rary re­place­ment an op­tion for Golden Ball Bridge

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

PHO­TOS: Wendy Stephens

WALK IN THE RAIN: Dog lovers on the spill­way Maret­tee Tuck (left) with ‘Arnie’ and ‘Henry’ and (right) Prue Everett with ‘Daisy’.

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