Long Waterhole Bridge pedestrian works begin

THE shared cyclist and pedestrian pathway between Sale and Longford is nearing completion, with crews beginning construction of a pedestrian bridge at Long Waterhole Bridge, Longford, on Wednesday.

With traffic no longer using old sections of the highway, a new shared pathway has been created.

Running alongside the highway, the new pathway links up with existing paths through the adjacent wetlands and allows cyclists and walkers to travel between Sale and Longford without having to travel on the highway.

The pathway forms part of the South Gippsland Highway Sale to Longford flood protection project.

Meanwhile, resurfacing works on the Princes Highway duplication project Wurruk to Sale section are scheduled to begin on Monday.

Stage one of the project, the Swing Bridge realignment, was completed in 2002 with stage two, the Long Waterhole Bridge replacement and realignment, completed in 2003.

Graingers Bridge, the final section of bridge to be built as part of the $56.9 million Cox’s Bridge project, was opened in 2012.

The new section of highway is one to 1.5 metres higher than the old road height and the bridges had been designed to withstand damage during large scale flooding.

It is expected that the new section of highway will have far less frequent and less significant closures because of flooding, avoiding the lengthy detour via Rosedale and providing a more reliable route between Sale and Longford for locals and industry.

Meanwhile, resurfacing works on the Princes Highway duplication project Wurruk to Sale section are scheduled to begin on Monday.

The Reid Drive, Wurruk to Reeve St, Sale section opened in June, 2013, with many locals left outraged at uneven surfaces in some sections.