Bridge to be re­placed

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Work to re­place Al­len­ders Bridge on War­rak Road east of Ararat has started.

Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Har­ri­son said the bridge – next to the Hop­kins Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity – had to be re­placed due to struc­tural is­sues.

He said work started with the clo­sure of War­rak Road last week and the de­mo­li­tion of the con­crete struc­ture.

Dr Har­ri­son said the work was ex­pected to take about six weeks, weather de­pen­dent.

“The cur­rent bridge has had a load limit on it for some time be­cause of struc­tural is­sues, which has lim­ited the type of heavy ve­hi­cles that have been able to use the road,” he said.

“The new bridge will not have a load limit, which will al­low all ve­hi­cles to use the bridge again.”

Dr Har­ri­son said de­tours would be in place along War­ray­atkin Road and Down Road while War­rak Road was closed, how­ever ‘lo­cal’ traf­fic would still be able to ac­cess prop­er­ties and prison staff would be al­lowed through to their work­place.

“War­ray­atkin and Down roads are both gravel roads so we en­cour­age driv­ers to take care and drive to con­di­tions when us­ing the de­tour,” he said.

Ararat coun­cil and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, through Roads to Re­cov­ery pro­gram, are fund­ing the $443,000 project.

Dr Har­ri­son said work had been com­pleted on a cul­vert bridge on Down Road in April, which had en­abled the de­tour to be put in place.

In another roads project, the Ararat coun­cil has had to carry out emer­gency repair work to a bridge on Wil­liamsons Road, Wick­liffe.

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