The Allambee Estate Road Bridge is set to be reconstructed after McMillan MP Russell Broadbent announced more than $200,000 in funding for the project last week.
A $570,000 reconstruction of the Allambee Estate Road Bridge will see the timber structure replaced with precast concrete making it more accessible for locals, emergency vehicles and timber logging trucks.
The upgrades will also include new steel barrier railing, approach guardrails, and new asphalt approach roads.
Last week, McMillan MP Russell Broadbent announced the upgrades would be made possible after funding was gained under the Australian Government’s new $300 million Bridges Renewal Program.
The Allambee Estate Road Bridge, in the South Gippsland Shire, is one of three projects to reap some of the $1.24 million committed by the Federal Government, which will be matched by proponents.
Bridges in the Baw Baw and Cardinia Shire areas will also share in the funding.
The government is set to contribute $285,000 to the upgrades, a figure that will be matched by the South Gippsland Shire Council.
Grants officer Penni Ellicott said the bridge is used by residents, cattle trucks, tourists, emergency vehicles and is essential to providing access and deliver of goods and services to a significant number of rural properties.
“The timber industry has indicated that they will use this road and bridge in the near future to extract timbers from the Allambee Estate plantations and consequently the Allambee Estate Road Bridge would need to be upgraded to allow for heavy logging trucks,” she said.
The existing bridge has a 28 tonne load limit, restricting its use by heavier vehicles.
Mr Broadbent said the upgrades will make the local bridge safer for those travelling on country roads.
“This injection of funds to upgrade our local bridges will make them more reliable,” he said.
“Too often bridges, particularly those built some time back, are not up to the kinds of stresses placed on them today.
“The upgrade to these bridges will mean the important goods driving our local economy will continue to get through – not to mention the residents who rely on safe passage along these thoroughfares.”
Mr Broadbent said the McMillan electorate was a “vibrant region and the government is investing in its continued growth”.