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Jim Crow Creek Bridge

ClientHepburn Shire Council
Value$660,000
StateVictoria
CompletedOctober 2014

The Heritage Council of Victoria and Engineers Australia have commended the Hepburn Shire Council, and in turn VEC, for what they have achieved by being able to retain the existing bridge for the local community. The Council expressed their gratitude to the way VEC went about their work and delivered the project on time, and by making it possible to retain the heritage bridge.

The Project

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.

Head Office

10b Industrial Dr, Ulverstone,
TAS 7315

PO Box 812
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Hobart Office

Level 3, 116 Bathurst Street
Hobart, TAS 7000

PO Box 812
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Melbourne Office

Level 10, 567 Collins Street, 
Melbourne, VIC 3000

PO Box 812 
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 (03) 9278 5100
Fax +61 3 6425 6112

Queensland Office

2 Burke Street,
Woolloongabba, QLD 4102

PO Box 812 
Ulverstone, TAS 7315
info@vec.com.au

Phone +61 3 6425 6530
Fax +61 3 6425 6112