The existing deck of the bridge (designed 100 years ago by John Monash) was to be removed and the abutment and pier were to be cut down, allowing a new bridge to be placed over top. After the original deck was investigated, it was found that a super tee beam bridge (800 deep beams) - designed by VEC - would span over the existing bridge, allowing the entire structure to remain in place.
The nature of the road, which is a main link between Daylesford and Newstead, meant that the council had to decide whether to build an access track or close the road, albeit to the dissatisfaction of quite a large number of local residents and businesses, but also taking into account the cost ramifications of such a decision. VEC advised the council it would have the road open on a certain day and to the credit of the VEC team (James Lawrence, Chris Ross, Adrian Cox), the road was opened on said day much to the delight of the local community and council.
VEC were able to satisfy all the requirements of the council that they initially set out to achieve, even though initially they were happy to compromise on the retention of the existing structure. The existing bridge is still intact and the new VEC bridge has been constructed over the top of this.
The road alignment has been improved markedly. The road was closed and opened only for the periods indicated by VEC. The bridge was built to the highest quality standards that VEC pride themselves on and within the council’s budget. Additionally, there were no environmental or safety incidents throughout the entire 6 week period that VEC was on site.
The bridge is 20m long, 7.5m wide overall, with approximately 6m to the creek invert from the deck. Three No. 800 deep tee beams are the foundation of the construction with regular performance barriers and sealed approaches.