New Castle Carey Bridge a step closer

Published on 08 May 2017

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Works to replace an old narrow bridge along one of Corangamite Shire’s most important freight routes will likely start in late spring.

Mayor Jo Beard said planning for the $5.2 million Castle Carey Road Bridge project had been completed.

“A lot of work has gone into the planning phase with the road at both ends needing realignment to make the approach safer,” Mayor Beard said.

“We are waiting to see what parts of the project can be done in winter, but the reality is that most of the construction will kick off in spring or early summer when the weather fines up.”

The Federal Government has contributed $2.6 million towards the project through its Bridges Renewal Program. Corangamite Shire has committed $1.6 million, with the State Government pitching in $1 million.

Mayor Beard said a new bridge would make Castle Carey Road safer for all road users, and cater better to B Doubles.

“Castle Carey Road is a busy local road, but also an important freight route for Corangamite and Moyne Shires,” she said.

“A higher load limit and straighter approaches to the bridge will make it much more suitable for large trucks using the road.

“I want to thank both the Federal and State Governments for supporting the project.

“It’s a great example of three levels of government joining forces to deliver significant infrastructure for our communities,” she added.