Regional Roads Victoria advises that the Golden Ball Bridge over Hodgson Creek on the Beechworth-Wangaratta Road will remain closed as our structural engineering team continue investigations and assessment of the bridge damage following yesterday’s unprecedented flash flooding.
The bridge piles – which support the structure – sustained significant structural damage during the deluge and the abutment – where the road meets the bridge – was severely eroded from the force of the water.
Detailed examinations are underway to determine the best method of repair, which we expect to share with the community next week.
RRV is exploring the option of installing a temporary Bailey Bridge to span the damaged bridge, however assessments need to be made to determine if this is appropriate for the location and whether the structure could support it as a temporary measure.
If this is successful, it would enable light vehicle access however heavy vehicle detours would remain in place.
Interim technical reports suggest it could take up to two months before the bridge is fully repaired.
In the meantime, Beechworth remains accessible by the Beechworth-Chiltern Road, Buckland Gap Road, and Beechworth-Wodonga Road.
RRV continues to work with our emergency services partners to share information with the community, and will attend community briefing sessions in Beechworth and Tarrawingee tomorrow.
Community meetings – Saturday, 15 December, 2018
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