OLD and tired timber along the Kilcunda trestle bridge has been replaced with stainless steel, as part of an $867,000 makeover.
The upgrade, funded by the Bass Coast Shire Council, has seen the replacement of the upper decking, including handrails, and structural improvements at the Bourne Creek bridge.
During the works, the bridge has been closed to pedestrians.
It means cyclists are forced to ride along the nearby Bass Highway bridge, although it’s not recommended by the council.
A local cyclist recently asked the shire to reduce the speed limit to 40km/h – while the bridge is closed – to make it safer to ride along the highway; but to no avail.
The cyclist also requested signs be erected advising motorists of an increase in cycling traffic along the highway; but with no luck.
Contractors Strzelecki Engineering still have some work to do – with the bridge expected to be re-opened by early March.
New bridge on the way