By Nick Sinis

WORKS to renew the timber bridge along the Bass Coast Rail Trail near east of Mouth of Powlett Road, Kilcunda, are expected to be completed by early May.

Construction had begun in February this year and was previously anticipated to be finished in late April.

The rail trail has been closed between Mouth of Powlett Road car park and Station Street, Dalyston, throughout construction, with users having to take detours.

The bridge, which has been in service for many years, has encountered damage due to age, and wear and tear.

The $640,000 project, which is funded by council, involves the removal and replacement of the existing timber bridge with a pre-cast concrete box culvert bridge.

“Work is progressing well with the project expected to be completed by the first week of May,” a council spokesperson said.

“The existing timber bridge has been removed and work to install the new concrete bridge has begun.

“The next steps will be to construct the concrete base slab and install pre-cast box culvert units.”