The upgrade of the bridge over the rail line at Kaniva along the Western Highway will begin within weeks following the awarding of the contract to Cut and Fill Pty Ltd.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the $2.6 million project will strengthen the bridge’s deck and install new safety barriers and guard fences.
“As well as making the Highway safer for all users, this project will strengthen the bridge to make sure truck drivers can continue to use this direct route between Melbourne and the State’s western region,” said Mr Albanese.
“Every day, more than 1,000 trucks use the Kaniva rail bridge.
“This project is part of the unprecedented $500 million we’re investing in the Highway, which is more than four times what our predecessors spent during their entire twelve years in office.”
Recently completed improvements to the Western Highway include the strengthening of the bridge over the rail line at Wail; upgrades to the major rest areas at Deep Lead and Pink Lake; the construction of a new trailer exchange outside Nhill; and the completion of 7 new overtaking lanes.
Victorian Public Transport and Roads Minister Terry Mulder said Victoria was proud of its reputation as a freight and logistics hub.
“Victoria possesses some of Australia’s most valuable freight and logistics Assets; we have the nation’s largest container port, the greatest investment in warehousing and the largest concentration of road transport providers.” Mr Mulder said.
“That’s why the Victorian Coalition Government is investing a record $5.6 billion in infrastructure including projects such as this, which support our growing freight task, and maintain our competitive advantage.”
To minimise disruption to motorists, the project will be delivered in two stages and take about six months to complete.
“Work will be done on one half of the bridge while temporary traffic lights allow vehicles to continue crossing the bridge. Once complete, the same process will be undertaken at the other end of the bridge,” said Mr Mulder.
Restrictions on oversized vehicles greater than 3.6 metres in width will apply while the work is being carried out. Drivers of these vehicles should contact the VicRoads permit office during business hours on 03 9881 8852 for advice on an appropriate detour, or 03 5333 8777 for other inquiries.