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01 August 2017

Rail Trail Bridge Replacement


Concept Elevation
ABOVE: Artist's impression of the new bridge.

Concept Approach
ABOVE: The approach from Albert Road.

Indigo Shire Council will replace the pedestrian bridge on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail near Albert Road in Beechworth.

The existing structure, which overlooks the Chinese Gardens, was completed in January 2001 and modelled on the original railway timber trestle style structure which was dismantled in the 1950s and 1960s.

The replacement bridge has been designed to sympathetically replicate the general character and appearance of the original bridge, enhance its safety and have a much longer life.

The new design will use the existing timber supporting posts, add new steel substructure and handrails along with a dark-coloured reinforced concrete deck. The white handrails assembled with black steel fasteners echo the character of the original railway structure. Steel wires will infill the open area in these handrails to provide appropriate fall protection without detracting from the overall design.

Heritage advice sought early in the project reinforced the fact that a fully accurate reconstruction of the original bridge would not satisfy the safety of all users with its low handrails and large gaps.

The proposed design draws upon the character of the original bridge while using contemporary long-life steel and reinforced concrete.

Historic photograph
ABOVE: The Yackandandah branch line operated from the early 1890s until 1954.

Photographs of the original bridges have been the key reference point for development of the new design. Detailed designs will be finalised this month and it is anticipated that contracts will be awarded in September ready for construction in the Spring.

It is estimated that the bridge will be closed for up to eight weeks during construction with a short detour in place during this time.

Any enquiries can be directed to Council's Project Engineer, Dan Wilkinson.

 



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For further information:
Contact Dan Wilkinson, Project Engineer
Email dan.wilkinson@indigoshire.vic.gov.au
Phone 1300 365 003