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No More Bridge Over Troubled Waters

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Regular readers will remember my several posts on the new car and pedestrian bridges dividing Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads including quite a few photos over the period of it’s construction.

Well, after 2½ years it’s finally finished and it looks great.  A low key opening ceremony and naming of the bridge was conducted yesterday, which thankfully, retains it’s original name of The Barwon Heads Bridge for the cars and The William Buckley Bridge for the peds.

As is usual in a community when something like this happens, there was much dissention by a rabble few who had their own opinions about what should replace the old bridge.  Well, the finished product has bridged the divide in the community and everyone agrees it’s a great community asset including the doomsayers.

Credit should go to the previous planning minister in the Victorian Government, Justin Maddern and to VicRoads and the building contractors, McConnell Dowell for a job well done.

A brass plaque at the Barwon Heads side will remind everyone using the pedestrian bridge about the Irish workers, Adrian Freeman and Robert Twomey, who died in May 2010 in a car accident through no fault of their own just out of Barwon Heads while returning home from working on the bridges.

And to top it all off, guess who I shared the bridge with on Wednesday but our own Cadel Evans,  the winner of this years Tour de France who was out for a leisurely ride.

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  1. December 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Watch, next year they’ll put up toll booths.

    Mmm, gives me an idea with all the rubernecks about to descend on the place.

  2. AZ
    December 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    There’s a highway in the U.S. where they give you a voucher when you pay your toll, and when you reach the end of the toll road you have to hand in your voucher, which, by the way, was time stamped at the first booth; they calculate how long it took you to reach the second toll booth, and then they hand you your speeding ticket.

    Gee, that’s sneaky. We have time/distance speed cameras here on the main highway between Melbourne and Sydney. You go through one camera and a few clicks up the road through another, and hey bingo, a speed ticket if you’re over the limit.

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