With work on the Patterson River road bridge progressing well, we’re pleased to let you know the bridge will open to traffic by the end of September – in time for snapper season.
Carrum residents can look forward to being able to drive along Station Street without having to detour onto the Nepean Highway for the first time, something locals have been wanting for decades.
Early completion of the Patterson River bridge, months ahead of schedule, will mean easier access to Patterson River for boaties wanting to get out into the harbour and snag a snapper this season.
The Patterson River bridge is part of the $588 million project which includes three level crossing removals, the revitalisation of Carrum village, and a new beach promenade which will ensure a safer connection for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians making short local trips safer and easier.
The new bridge will have two lanes for local traffic open by the end of September (weather permitting), with a dedicated bike lane and a shared walking and cycling path opening later in the year. Construction and landscaping will continue until early 2019.
Construction of the bridge started in early 2018 when an 18.5 metre barge was towed 30 nautical miles from Queenscliff. A 250-tonne crane was placed on the barge and has been used for everything from the initial piling work to lifting the final beams onto the bridge.
The community strongly advocated for a second road bridge during consultation, and its construction, alongside work in Carrum, will allow for the removal of three level crossings at Mascot Avenue, Station Street, and Eel Race Road.
Early works have also started on the $50 million revitalisation of Carrum village, extension of McLeod Road, and new Carrum Station. Geotechnical works are underway to determine ground conditions and help inform detailed design and construction methods as the project moves from the planning phase to building.
Construction in and around Carrum and Bonbeach is part of a massive $2 billion investment on the Frankston line which includes the removal of 13 level crossings and building 10 new stations.
Story sourced from www.levelcrossings.vic.gov