Allenders Bridge on Warrak Road
Work to replace Allenders Bridge on Warrak Road east of Ararat began in May and is now nearly complete.
Roadworks to widen and repair the approaches to the bridge on both sides are underway (as of July 2019). Road sealing and guard rail is expected to be installed shortly with the road re-opening in late July 2019 subject to weather conditions.
The bridge – next to the Hopkins Correctional Facility – had to be replaced due to structural issues. The Work started in May 2019 with the closure of Warrak Road and the demolition of the concrete structure.
The current bridge has had a load limit on it for some time because of structural issues, which has limited the type of heavy vehicles that have been able to use the road, but the new bridge will not have a load limit, which will allow all vehicles to use the bridge again.
Detours have been in place along Warrayatkin Road and Down Road while Warrak Road was closed, however local traffic will still be able to access their properties and prison staff would be allowed through to their workplace.
The bridge project totals $443,000 that is being funded by Ararat Rural City Council and the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery program.
Work was recently completed on a culvert bridge on Down Road in April, which enabled the detour to be put in place.