Works to replace Allenders Bridge on Warrak Road east of Ararat (next to the Hopkins Correctional Facility) began this week, in order to increase the load limit.
The work means Warrak Road will be closed for the next six weeks whilst the current concrete structure is demolished and the new bridge is built.
“The current bridge has had a load limit on it for some time because of structural issues, which has limited the type of heavy vehicles that have been able to use the road,” Ararat Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said.
“The new bridge will not have a load limit, which will allow all vehicles to use the bridge again.”
Detours are in place via Warrayatkin Road and Down Road while Warrak Road is closed.
“Warrayatkin and Down roads are both gravel roads so we encourage drivers to take care and drive to conditions when using the detour,” Dr Harrison said.
Local traffic is still able to access the Warrak Road and prison staff will be allowed through to their workplace.
Ararat Rural City Council and the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery program have contributed to the $443,000 bridge project.
Dr Harrison said work was recently completed on the culvert bridge on Down Road in April, enabling the detour to be put in place.
Emergency bridge repairs on Williamsons Road, Wickliffe
Ararat Rural City Council will also carry out emergency repair work to a bridge on Williamsons Road, Wickliffe, over the next few days.
Dr Harrison said this urgent work required the closure of Williamsons Road today (Friday 31 May), weather dependent, and apologised for the last-minute road closure.
“Structural issues with the bridge were identified during a routine inspection and we really needed to do the work immediately,” he said.