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Our Pennies Worth

We took a long walk today and finally got to use our new bridge between Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.  The footbridge has been open since Easter but this was our first venture across.

The concrete road surface is to be sealed any-day now and the whole shebang should be finally finished in June and a grand opening later in the year.  At the moment, workers are finishing off the pedestrian bridge and the approaches and the final result will be a triumph for common sense and a great looking community asset.

The original bridge was rotting away and a community consultation brought out all the usual divisions within the community with different factions all wanting their pennies worth as to how and where it should be built.

The works minister decided to step in and make a decision which no one in the community was capable of doing and ruled that the bridge would be restored in it original position and with a separate foot bridge. 

This was great news for us cyclists, walkers and runners but the local “action group” wanted a single bridge restored to reflect it’s iconic past and moaned and bitched on constantly to the point where I had no idea what they really wanted and I doubt they did either.

In the end, we got two bridges, one for cars and one to separate the peds from the cars which was a somewhat intelligent decision methinks.  It looks great and the walkway is far better than we imagined with all the timber decking and rails and a separate raised section for fishermen (or is it fishers these PC days?). 

Lahey Square, at the Barwon Heads end, should look great too when the workers finish up in a week or so.

4,800,000,000 pennies worth well spent.

 

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  1. MM
    May 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    It’ll be good to see it finally finished. They seemed to go hell for leather for a while and then everything just stopped! I saw some people using the footbridge the other week and was amazed, I was starting to give up hope 😉

    They ran out of timber from QLD so things slowed down. It’s a lot wider than I thought which is good because some nutter in the Voice said it would be too narrow for bikes and they should ride on the road where they belong.

  2. june in florida
    June 2, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Congrats, how long is it?

    About 300 metres

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