Myrtleford Loop Trail bridges tender awarded

TWO pedestrian bridges will be constructed in Myrtleford as part of Alpine Shire Council’s Myrtleford Loop Trail project.

The bridges will provide access over the Ovens River as part of a new 2.6km trail from Rotary Park to McNamara Reserve via Apex Park.

Director Infrastructure Services Ian Ellett said Council received $500,000 in State Government funding for the Myrtleford Loop and other trails, including a trail in Porepunkah and the Kiewa Gorge walk and bridge.

“These projects have the dual benefit of improving trail infrastructure for our communities and adding to what the Alpine Shire has to offer to visitors,” he said.

$300,000 was provided by Regional Development Victoria’s Community Flood Infrastructure Program and $200,000 from the Department Planning Community Development Local Government Infrastructure Program.

The tender to construct the bridges has been awarded to Waratah Construction Pty Ltd after 12 contractors submitted a total of 14 applications.

Mr Ellett said the resulting bridges would balance cost effectiveness and low maintenance with an aesthetically appealing result.

“Waratah Construction’s design represents best value for Council along with a technically acceptable product,” he said.

“The result will be galvanised steel bridges with fibreglass non-slip decking which will provide a low maintenance and cost effective solution.”

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