Red letter day as bridge installed

A striking red bow arch bridge has been installed across House Creek, parallel to Melbourne Road, replacing the timber suspension bridge.

The 32-metre, nine-tonne steel bridge was brought in from Yackandandah via a truck and took about 30 minutes to put into place and install.

A crane lifted the bridge from the truck, placed on the footings and bolted into place, which had been installed earlier in the week.

The timber suspension bridge, which was built in 1993, was deemed a safety risk with deteriorating bridge footings.

At the November council meeting, a contract was awarded to Yackandandah bridge builder Nelmac at a cost of $193,000.

Nelmac beat five other companies for the bridge with the lowest tender.

Two matching approaching panels are still to be installed on each side.

Once the approach work is completed, the bridge should be opened to the public by the end of next week, weather permitting.