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Yinnar bridge opens for business
Yinnar’s new bridge across Middle Creek on Yinnar Road was opened to traffic at noon on Monday
By Latrobe City Council - 6th June 2002 - Back to News
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Yinnar’s new bridge across Middle Creek on Yinnar Road was opened to traffic at noon on Monday. The single span concrete structure replaces an ageing timber bridge that was demolished on the site in March.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Darrell White and Councillor Tony Hanning officially declared the bridge open to traffic, following erection of safety barriers and a final sweep of the bridge deck. Middle Creek marks the boundary of Cr White’s and Cr Hanning’s wards.
Councillor Hanning thanked motorists for being patient while having to use the temporary diversions created while the bridgeworks were in progress. "We now have a structure that significantly improves road safety for local citizens and visitors, so any temporary inconvenience has been worthwhile ," Cr Hanning said.
"Locals described the old bridge as ‘having the shakes’ which is typical of many old timber bridges that bear lots of traffic, so Council is extremely pleased that it has been replaced," Cr Hanning said.
Local civil and structural engineering consultants, Chris O’Brien and Company Pty Ltd, designed the bridge, with construction work being carried out by local contractor, HCM Constructions Vic Pty Ltd.
Cr White reflected that the third road user to cross the new bridge after it opened was a bicycle. "The new bridge provides wider traffic lanes for vehicles, and importantly, separate metre-wide lanes for cyclists. Cyclists were warned to dismount before crossing the old structure because of gaps in the decking, but all that is now a thing of the past, Cr White said.
While the bridge is now open to traffic, a small section of approach pavement is still to be sealed when the approach surface has compacted. "Until this is done, we urge motorists to take care," Cr White added.
The bridgeworks were funded from Latrobe City’s timber bridge replacement program.
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