Bridge project is still on track: VicRoads

LAST week’s floods will cause only a minimal delay to the Cox’s Bridge project, according to VicRoads.

Bridge works and the associated night time road closure of the South Gippsland Highway between Sale and Longford resumed on Wednesday night.

However VicRoads eastern region projects manager David Gellion said the highway may remain open tonight, with VicRoads waiting for another delivery of bridge beams from Melbourne.

He said beams had been delivered on Tuesday night, allowing bridge works to resume on Wednesday night.

“We are operating similar to what we were doing before the floods,” Mr Gellion said.

“Beams were delivered (Tuesday night) and road works will resume (Wednesday night), with road closures (between 11pm and 6am) at night as the remaining 36 beams are lifted into place.

“Friday night works (tonight) may be on hold as we are not sure whether (more) beams from Melbourne will arrive in time.

“It will just be a case of keeping an eye on the signs.”

Flood water encroaching on the flood mitigation project last week resulted in the highway between Sale and Longford being closed for a week, with its re-opening at 10pm on Tuesday night a relief for the hundreds of motorists forced to take the 54 kilometre detour via Rosedale.

Mr Gellion said traffic was reduced to one lane, with a 40kmh speed limit while crews worked to clear the road.

He said traffic was returned to two lanes about 11.30am on Wednesday, except for in places which were already down to one lane because of bridge works before the flood.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.