Construction underway on Avon River bridge
Construction is now underway on the new rail bridge over the Avon River at Stratford which is being delivered as part of the Gippsland line upgrade.
The $95 million bridge will allow trains to travel up to 90 kilometres per hour rather than the current limit of 10 kilometres per hour on the existing bridge, making Bairnsdale services more dependable. The bridge will also create the opportunity for freight trains to run on this section of the line in the future.
Local companies and suppliers have been engaged to deliver these works, with Heyfield’s McInnes Earthmoving building the access tracks and piling pads, which will allow heavy machinery, piling rigs and mobile cranes to operate on site.
More than 3,000 tonnes of material, which has been sourced from Olsson Sand and Gravel Supplies in Longford, will be used in the construction of the tracks and pads.
Around 300 people will work on the construction of the new bridge, which is expected to be completed in early 2021.
The community will be able to watch the new bridge come to life, with a viewing area to be set up near the construction site in coming weeks.
The Gippsland line upgrade has already delivered benefits for passengers, with level crossing upgrades between Sale and Bairnsdale allowing VLocity trains to travel to Bairnsdale for the first time.
The upgrade is part of the $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival program, funded by the Victorian and Australian governments, which is upgrading every regional passenger line in the state and will create more than 1000 jobs.