Trestle Bridge closed for major facelift
Kilcunda’s iconic Trestle Bridge (Bourne Creek Bridge) will be closed for major deck and handrail improvements between early October and mid-November 2018.
This project is being funded through Bass Coast Shire Council’s Renewal Program 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 to the sum of $867,000.
Removal of the entire upper deck and connecting hand rails will be replaced with stainless steel balustrading and handrails and an Enviro-walk minimesh decking.
The new components will sit atop the existing bridge structure, providing a significant improvement to the safety and functionality of the bridge.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained these works come just over a year since the sub-structure of the bridge was repaired.
“The Kilcunda Trestle Bridge is one of the most noted landmarks within Bass Coast, and it’s vital we maintain these assets so that they can be fully enjoyed by visitors and residents alike,” Cr Rothfield said.
“This project will further enhance the bridge’s attraction, while providing a long term, safe outcome for our community.”
Detailed designing by Chris O'Brien & Company provided both a galvanised and stainless steel option for this major project, with Council supporting the latter due to the significant increase of the expected life of stainlees steel in this harsh environment.
Strzelecki Engineering Pty Ltd has been contracted to complete the works.