The bridge will be closed to all traffic (including pedestrians and cyclists) for the duration of the school holidays, 8-22 April, to allow this vital repair work to take place.
The closure has been scheduled for the school holidays when traffic volumes are traditionally lower, in an effort to reduce the impact on school traffic and the broader Highton and Newtown communities.
To repair the bridge, Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) will be undertaking highly specialised works to remove and replace the damaged beams with custom-fabricated components. This will also involve heating the steel to straighten the trusses that were significantly damaged.
To capitalise on this necessary closure, RRV will be taking the opportunity to complete other important bridge maintenance, including repairs to the timber walkway, completing spot corrosion removal and applying protective coating to the structure.
While these works are underway, people are asked to consider using a combination of the Geelong Ring Road, Barrabool Road and Shannon Avenue to detour around the closure.
RRV will continue to monitor the traffic flow very closely and will be tweaking traffic signals during peak times to help keep everyone moving.
People who usually walk or ride across the bridge are asked to make alternative arrangements, as the detour is considerably longer.