New bridge over Barongarook Creek open

19 September, 2019Princes Highway West - Winchelsea to Colac

The Princes Highway West duplication is a step closer to completion, with traffic now driving on the new bridge over Barongarook Creek in Colac East.

The 80-year-old Barongarook Creek bridge in Colac was replaced so it can meet the demands of today’s traffic volumes and modern freight vehicles.

The new bridge is made of concrete and steel.

As part of this project, we constructed a temporary bridge, so that traffic could continue moving on this busy stretch of road. This innovative solution allowed us to keep Colac open for business.

After people begin driving on the new bridge, there’s still some work to be done.

This includes installing architectural finishes, street lighting, the footpath on the northern side of the bridge, a final asphalt layer and line marking. We’ll also begin landscaping to beautify the area.

As part of the new bridge, we’ll also be building dedicated walking and cycling paths.

The Princes Highway carries more than 13,000 vehicles each day between Geelong and Colac, with 14% of traffic made up of heavy vehicles.

The new bridge is a key part of the wider Princes Highway West project that’s building more than 35 km of extra lanes and new intersections.

We’ve already opened 28km of new duplicated highway between Winchelsea and Colac, so we’ve only 6 km to go.

The project is due to be complete at the end of 2019.

See the Princes Highway West project page for more information.

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