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An historic bridge in the picturesque township of Bulla would soon be much safer, Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said today.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council was set to upgrade the old bridge on Wildwood Road South which carries vehicles that travel between Wildwood and Bulla.

“This beautiful bridge has served our community well, but it’s time for some works that will ensure it can carry vehicles for many more years,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The bridge’s bluestone features are in good condition and will be retained.

“We’ll also keep the bridge as a single lane structure so that it continues to offer that quaint appearance.

“Council shall remove the current timber deck because it is worn and needs regular maintenance, and we’ll give the bridge a new five-metre wide concrete deck.

“The iron girders underneath the bridge will be kept for their historic value.

“We’ll also install steel guard rails on the bridge that comply with modern standards.

“Our works will widen both road approaches to the bridge, and upgrade 425 metres of pavement for the safety of everyone.

“It’s a magnificent bridge and Hume City Council has engaged VicRoads to carefully design the works so that they maintain the structure’s appearance, which is of local historic significance and loved by so many.”

The major overhaul will take place across eight to 12 weeks from mid-May 2016, and Hume City Council will close the bridge across this period.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume had been in contact with residents who live near the bridge.

“We’ve explained to locals that construction work will commence soon, and Council shall install signs on the road to help motorists detour,” she said.

“Variable message signs will be used too, so that everyone knows about the works in advance.

“Drivers are encouraged to cross Deep Creek at either Bulla Road or Kongaderra Road, and allow extra time to their commute.

“While the bridge’s closure will be temporarily inconvenient, the road does not carry public buses and will be safer for everyone in the long run.”

Hume City Council has alerted emergency service agencies to alternative routes.

Cr Patsikatheodorou thanked motorists in advance for their patience.

“Hume is determined to maintain safe and modern local roads across our vibrant municipality,” she said.

“Council will invest $725,000 in the works on Wildwood Road South, and we know that the project will benefit motorists for a long time.

“The upgrade shall help residents and visitors to smoothly commute to the heart of Bulla, an area which offers lovely attractions, such as the spectacular Alister Clark Rose Garden.”

Anyone who would like further information about the bridge improvements should call Hume City Council on 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 5 May 2016


Updated : 4:25 PM, 5 May 2016

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