New Castle Carey Road bridge opens

Published on 12 February 2019

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The new Castle Carey Road bridge has opened, and with it a new era for one of Corangamite Shire’s most important transport routes.

Sealing works were completed on Monday and the new road alignment and bridge were opened to traffic.

Corangamite Shire Mayor Neil Trotter encouraged motorists to drive carefully and observe the temporary 40km/h speed limit.

“There will be some loose aggregate as the surface beds down and line marking is yet to be done,” Cr Trotter said.

The $5.2 million project had originally been scheduled for completion next month.

The route had been closed since 2 January while tie-in works between the existing road and new road were completed.

“This has been a big job and has finished ahead of schedule. Council has appreciated the public’s patience while the road has been closed for the tie in works,” Cr Trotter said.

“The new stronger bridge will bring great benefits to the Shire in reduced travel times for heavy vehicles transporting supplies and farm produce across the Shire.

“There are also substantial safety improvements with the substandard approaches to the old bridge eliminated as well as allowing heavy vehicles to bypass pedestrian and local traffic areas in the town of Noorat.”

The Federal Government contributed $2.6 million towards the project through its Bridges Renewal Program.

Corangamite Shire committed $1.6 million, with the State Government pitching in
$1 million.

 Take a virtual drive across the bridge here.