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Bridge Over Troubled Waters

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Barwon River starts in the Otway Ranges and courses it’s way through Geelong and then empties out to sea at Barwon Heads.  It separates Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads and most of my regular readers will know that our two towns are linked by a old wooden bridge that is way past it’s use-by-date but is now in the process of a rebuild.

The planning for a replacement bridge has been subject to much controversy in the community with many interests wanting their say on how and where the bridge should be replaced.  Many consider this bridge to be an icon since it was immortalised in the ABC TV series, Sea Change, which finished production in 2000 and they want the bridge repaired and to be kept in it’s original flavour.

The bridge was built in 1927 and it beats me how people consider this to be of historic interest.  My opinion was to pull the whole thing down and replace it in a similar style and build a temporary Bailey Bridge for cars  in the interim.  When I was with the army “ginger beers” we tossed up a Bailey Bridge in a river wider than the Barwon and they had tanks rolling over it in three hours.

Anyway, the Planning Minister has given the green light to a new car bridge made from “new and salvaged” materials and a seperate bridge for pedestrians and bikes.  Separating the two isn’t such a bad idea.  The smaller bridge will be used for the cars while the main one is being rebuilt and the whole project is expected to be completed by Christmas next year.

So works are well underway and the sensitive flora on the Spit is getting a hiding while they widen the road on the approach to the bridge but here’s hoping it will all look good when finished.

VicRoads have a web site here detailing the construction.

So I’ll post some before, during and after photos and we’ll see where it all leads.  If you hit F11 on your browser and then click on the first photo, you can click through each photo or slideshow them in full screen.

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  1. june in florida
    November 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    If its like here the studies and talk will cost more than the bloody bridge!

    June – You’re right there.

  2. November 17, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I’m happy to hear the bridge is being replaced and repaired before it actually falls down. It looks like a long bridge!
    I know that something built in 1927 isn’t really an antique, but you know how it is with these “new” countries like Australia and Canada…. the powers that be think that anything that has lasted that long should be preserved. My town has just spent 4 million on refurbishing a 1920s building that has been used as a market, a cinema, a garage, town offices etc, and made it into a theatre that is probably too small for most performances… only 138 seats, the money could have been better spent pulling the old building down and building something bigger…. oh well, we’ve got it now, let’s make the most of it.

    Shammy – When in England once, I mentioned something in Oz as being ancient and they pointed out some structure and informed me that it was built in 1100 something. I still have a battle trying to convince them that Oz is older than the UK. At least in geology terms.

  3. Thomas Houseman
    November 17, 2009 at 7:17 am

    The slide show controls appeared for the first time ever!

    Glad to hear that. It doesn’t behave itself all the time. I’ll keep an eye on it and let me know if you have further troubles.

  4. Muppet's Mum
    November 17, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I can’t view your photos from my work PC, but that my be due to our limitation on some websites. I seem to remember I couldn’t get into smugmug.

    I think that may be the case.

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