Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) Acting North Eastern Regional Director Rebecca Steer said the Golden Ball bridge sustained severe damage in December’s unprecedented flash flooding event.
“There’s been a lot of work behind the scenes and on the ground to ensure the site is safe before we open to the public and we’re really pleased to be able to deliver this interim solution for the community,” Ms Steer said.
“It’s been a complex operation to install the Bailey Bridge, especially when you consider the scope of the damage to Golden Ball Bridge, erosion and undermining of the abutment as a result of the flash flooding, and additional works required to reinforce the temporary structure.
“Load limit has been a consideration - we want as many vehicle types as possible to have access - but we’ve also been ensuring we can safely monitor the Bailey Bridge while it’s operational.”
A 10km/h speed limit is in place over the bridge, with 40km/h limit on both approaches and signs in place to warn drivers of the changed conditions.
“Vehicles will travel in one direction at a time under the direction of signals on the bridge, with anticipated possible delays from 5-10 minutes,” Ms Steer said.
“We’re asking the community to be patient while they’re waiting to cross and adhere to the speed reductions for their safety and that of others.”
Engineering teams are progressing the designs for major repairs to Golden Ball Bridge, which are expected to begin in coming months.
Since the December closure of the bridge, RRV has partnered with Indigo Shire Council and Beechworth Chamber of Commerce to deliver a digital Beechworth ‘Open for Business ‘campaign, install additional printed signage showing the way to Beechworth and Variable Messaging Signs marking detours on surrounding roads.
Heavy vehicle detours remain for vehicles over (15T) and wide loads, with Beechworth accessible via Beechworth-Chiltern Road (B-Double route) or Buckland Gap Road.
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If you see any hazards on our roads, please report them to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70, open 24/7. In an emergency, call Triple Zero.