The Andrews Labor Government today announced that for the first time in 60 years, Rossbridge in the state’s north west will finally have a new and improved bridge.
Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford officially announced the completion on the Labor Government’s $3.4 million bridge over the Hopkins River at Rossbridge today in a win for local residents, farmers and freight carriers who rely on the bridge.
The upgrade will boost safety for locals and increase freight capacity for the region, with the new bridge better equipped to handle the traffic and heavy vehicle volumes that rely on this road every day.
Works to widen the approaches to the bridge started in July and the Mortlake-Ararat Road has been closed since September while the new bridge was constructed.
The new bridge replaces two bridges built more than 60 years ago.
Over time, the condition of the twin bridges had deteriorated leading to load restrictions and a reduced 40km/h speed limit being put in place.
The new bridge will allow VicRoads to raise the speed over the bridge to 100km/h.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“The new bridge will make life easier for the hundreds of drivers that rely on it every day, providing a safer, stronger structure that I’m sure will come as a relief to farming communities in and around Rossbridge.”
“This is exactly what good Labor Governments do – we get on with important infrastructure projects the whole community relies on - and Rossbridge is no different.”
“This bridge will provide an important connection for heavy vehicles travelling between nearby farms and town centres.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020