We're upgrading 8 main roads in Melbourne's west as well as improving and maintaining more than 260km of road from Footscray to Werribee.
Work is well underway to strengthen and improve safety at the Hyde Street Bridge, on Hyde Street Spotswood, near the West Gate Bridge.
We're installing corrosion protection, which uses electrical currents to protect steel and reinforced concrete from corrosion. We’re removing existing barriers on the bridge and replacing them with new safety barriers, designed to modern standards. While you see works progressing at road level, we are also working under the bridge.
There have been construction challenges during the works program which have delayed being able to open all lanes on the bridge. To ensure we safely complete works, the shared walking and cycling path and lane closures will continue until the end of April 2019.
In April we’ll be starting work on the Ballarat Road bridges, across the Maribyrnong River. We’re carefully planning our work to minimise disruptions, with work being broken up into stages. We’ll mostly work behind safety barriers and under the bridges from pontoons.
To complete the works safely, we may need to close lanes and reduce speeds at times on both bridges as well as the shared walking and cycling paths on and below the bridges and car parking area on Hobsons Road.
As part of the upgrade, we'll be strengthening structures within the arterial road network in the west. This includes 5 bridges, an overpass and a culvert (a structure that allows water to flow under a road or railway).
This work will extend the life of the structures and improve safety.
In some cases, we'll remove the existing barriers on the bridge and pedestrian approaches and replace them with new safety barriers designed to modern safety standards.
Some bridges will also need to be strengthened and protected against corrosion.
Corrosion or cathodic protection will protect the metal bridge supports from rust and deterioration. This type of system is used all over the world to protect pipelines, water treatment plants, above and below water storage tanks, ship and boat hulls, offshore production platforms and reinforcement bars in concrete structures and piers.
Work will happen under the bridges and at road level.
The structures include:
- Hyde Street Bridge, Spotswood (over Stony Creek). Works have started.
- Ballarat Road Bridge, Flemington (Lynch’s Bridges, over Maribyrnong River). Works commencing April 2019.
- Queen Street Bridge, Altona (over Laverton Creek). Works due to begin mid-2019.
- Geelong Road Bridge, Brooklyn (over Kororoit Creek)
- Kororoit Creek Road Bridge, Altona (over Cherry Creek). Works due to begin mid-2019.
- Geelong Road pedestrian overpass (near Lewis Street)
- Heaths Road Werribee, pipe culvert
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