New bridge for Daveys Road, Willow Grove
- New unlimited tonnage concrete bridge for Daveys Road delivered under the Bridges Renewal Programme
- The new bridge will provide a safer and quicker link between farms and town
Willow Grove residents and businesses will benefit from an upgraded Daveys Road Bridge over the Latrobe River, with the new structure officially opened today.
Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said the Australian Government provided $355,000 to the upgrade under Round 2 of the Bridges Renewal Programme, with funding matched by the Baw Baw Shire Council.
“Works on the new bridge began in late 2016 and we are seeing the results today. The upgrade has delivered a safe and secure bridge for heavy commercial vehicles, local farmers and the community,” Mr Broadbent said.
“Before the upgrade, there had been a number of safety issues regarding milk tankers and other heavy vehicles having to conduct hazardous U-turns on Daveys Road.
“This is an example of the Australian Government investing in transport infrastructure to better connect people and communities, helping us to get goods to market and creating business efficiencies.”
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Joe Gauci said this is a win-win for the community and local farmers, who had advocated for a new bridge to support the local economy.
“Farming and agriculture are one of the most important employers in our shire, particularly here in Willow Grove. As a Council, we are committed to doing everything we can to help and support the agriculture industry and all in our community who are part of it,” Cr Gauci said.
“This critical project will provide improved access for heavy vehicles, resulting in productivity gains for agricultural and commercial operators, while dramatically improving safety for all road users.
“It will help future-proof farming along Daveys Road, allowing the region’s road users to operate without lengthy detours and delays.
“The project will also improve access for emergency vehicles, school buses and local traffic, who no longer need to face lengthy detours.”
The $711,000 project was jointly funded by the Australian Government and Baw Baw Shire Council.