PRINCES HIGHWAY BRIDGE RESTORED FOLLOWING FIRES

Essential repairs to Poddy Creek Bridge are complete following damage sustained during last summer’s devastating East Gippsland bushfires.

Member for East Gippsland Jane Garrett said both lanes of the bridge are now open and speed limits have returned to normal following the $570,000 restoration project.

East Gippsland-based contractor Tambo Constructions delivered a range of repairs to the bridge including a new safety barrier rail system, repairs to the bridge deck, reinforcement works and a new road surface across the bridge.

Poddy Creek Bridge, located on the Princes Highway 25 kilometres west of Cann River, was one of the bridges in East Gippsland which sustained the most serious damage during the bushfires in January.
A large fallen tree smashed through the bridge’s barrier and cracked its outer concrete supports, leaving it with only one low-speed lane.

Significant bushfire recovery works have also been completed on other East Gippsland roads, with all 400 kilometres of bushfire-impacted arterial roads reopened, more than 1000 road signs repaired or replaced, and 12,600 guideposts replaced.

The bridge repair works were funded under the Victorian Government’s $22.8 million state-wide investment from the $2.7 billion Building Works package, to help regional towns recover and rebuild following a devastating summer of bushfires.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“The East Gippsland bushfires caused unparalleled damage to critical infrastructure, resulting in one of the biggest natural disaster clean-up efforts in Gippsland’s history.”

“We recognise the importance of keeping key routes open and operating at full capacity, which is why we’re investing significantly in delivering these critical bushfire recovery works in East Gippsland.”

“It’s fantastic to see local contractors working on these recovery projects, because it not only fixes key infrastructure, but gives a boost to the local economy.”