Motorists advised to avoid Howard Street as works to strengthen bridge commence in April

The City of Greater Bendigo will commence a $1.8M project to strengthen the bridge in Howard Street Epsom on Monday April 11, 2022 and residents are advised to avoid the street and seek alternative routes while the project is underway.

During the works period the bridge will become one lane with the traffic direction alternated by temporary traffic signals which will cause significant delays on Howard Street during peak periods.

Motorists travelling between Epsom and Eaglehawk are advised to use Holdsworth Road, Prouses Road and Averys Road to avoid Howard Street which will add an extra four minutes approximately to their journey. Alternatively, motorists using Scott Street and Goynes Road to avoid the bridge works will add about five minutes to their journey.

City of Greater Bendigo Engineering Manager Ian McLauchlan said the Howard Street bridge is approximately 50 years old and requires strengthening upgrades to cope with the increased weight and volume of heavy vehicles for many decades to come.

“This project is very important as over 10,000 vehicles, including 500 trucks and other heavy vehicles cross the Howard Street bridge on a daily basis,” Mr McLauchlan said.

“As part of this project we are also widening the existing narrow pedestrian path over the bridge to improve access to the Bendigo Creek Trail and the Epsom Primary School.”

“The works have been scheduled to commence on April 11 to make the best use of the lower traffic volumes during the school holidays to setup the work site.

The $1.8M project is being jointly funded by the City of Greater Bendigo and the Australian Government’s Federal Bridges Renewal Program.  

The project is expected to be completed in late July, 2022.

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