A TEMPORARY Bailey bridge was scheduled to be installed on the Great Ocean Road at Moggs Creek yesterday (Wednesday, June 12) as part of a project to replace and upgrade key bridge infrastructure.
The state and federal governments have invested $3.9 million to replace the existing Moggs Creek bridge with a stronger, wider and safer structure, with improved pedestrian access and cycling lanes.
To enable the existing bridge to be safely demolished, Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) will install a single lane, pre fabricated Bailey bridge.
This bridge will first act as a pedestrian connection, before traffic is moved across later this year to allow for major construction on the existing bridge.
The Bailey bridge was to be lifted into place overnight on Wednesday between 7pm-7am.
RRV acting regional director (south west) Emma Miller-Olsen said crews had been working since April to install piles and approaches at Moggs Creek in preparation for the Bailey bridge.
“The Moggs Creek bridge is nearing the end of its design life and needs to be replaced.
“In order for us to safely carry out this work, we’re using a Bailey bridge temporarily to help limit disruption and keep traffic flowing on the Great Ocean Road.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience while this work is under way.”
Major construction on the bridge replacement will begin this winter and be completed before Christmas.
Once the new bridge is operational, the Bailey bridge will be removed.
To find out more about works planned for the Great Ocean Road, head to regionalroads.vic.gov.au.