After an extensive procurement process, specialist infrastructure engineering company SRG Global Civil Pty Ltd has been awarded the $10.5 million contract for the bridge replacement project and associated roadwork on Tyers Road.

The project will see the 85-year-old bridge replaced with a new 63-metre-long, three-span reinforced concrete bridge over the Latrobe River on the west side of the existing structure.

Sections of the road on either side of the bridge will also be realigned to remove some existing sharp curves, providing sealed shoulders that are wide enough to cater for broken down vehicles and cyclists and allow the installation of safety barriers.

The new bridge will allow the existing 30-tonne load restriction over the river crossing to be lifted, enabling larger trucks and B-doubles to use the bridge again.

Regional Roads Victoria has already been working to minimise the project’s environmental impact, collecting Strzelecki Gum seeds from the project worksite, and donating over 950 young plants to the Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network to provide to local Landcare groups and approximately 2,000 young plants to the Boolarra Landcare Group.

About 900 additional Strzelecki Gums will be propagated and planted near the project worksite. At the same time, upstream and downstream fish movements will be maintained during construction to avoid impacting critical Australian Grayling migration periods.

For more information about the project, visit the project page.