Old bridge revitalised

August 03, 2017

Silt and mud were removed from the channel with an excavator before rock-amouring was laid.

An almost 60-year-old bridge near Tatura has a new lease on life.

The Heath Rd bridge in Harston has undergone a $120000 refurbishment as part of Goulburn-Murray Water’s winter works.

The bridge crosses the central Goulburn number eight channel and G-MW field supervisor Jamie Talbot said the centre pier had been in need of replacement.

‘‘We had to de-water the channel first, install a cofferdam, or temporary dam, and remove the silt and mud with an excavator,’’ Mr Talbot said.

‘‘Then we lifted the bridge beams off and put in some pre-cast bridge footing to stabilise the bridge and its base.

‘‘Rock armouring has also been laid in the channel.’’

A crane has been on site in recent days to lift the bridge beams back into position following the pier works. Grout will then be poured on the bridge deck.

‘‘We’re utilising the old structure to put everything back together,’’ Mr Talbot said.

‘‘This is a great option because the bridge would have cost $350000 to replace. So this is a cost-effective way of carrying out this work.’’

The works will extend the life of Heath Rd bridge for another 50 years.

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