RRV Regional Director North Eastern Steve Bowmaker said the bridge had undergone a significant upgrade to fix the extensive damage it sustained during last December’s unprecedented rain event, with final line-marking and guard rail repairs now complete.
“Repairs to Golden Ball Bridge have been engineered to ensure this vital commuter and regional connection continues to serve the community for years to come,” Mr Bowmaker said.
“We’d like to thank the community for their patience during this time, especially during the two full bridge closures that enabled crane placement and the removal of the temporary Bailey Bridge.
“We’d also like to recognise all those drivers of heavy vehicles for their efforts undertaking detours when the 15-tonne load limit was in place.”
The strengthening works undertaken since February have reduced the potential for future flood damage, with a row of culverts installed to increase the waterway’s capacity and improve flow during a deluge.
Greater protection has also been provided to the existing abutment supports (where the road connects to the bridge) and bridge piles (which support the structure) – all now cast in concrete for additional reinforcement.
The extensive repair situation resulted in two full closures before access to all vehicles was restored in time for the busy Easter period.
Regional Roads Victoria thanks the community for their patience during this period of disruption, which included a month-long closure before the installation of a bailey bridge in January.
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