The new shared-path on the Darebin Creek Trail between Dundas Street, Thornbury and Banksia Street, Ivanhoe was officially opened on 27 August 2018 with final peripheral works continuing until 14 September 2018.
The bridge is part of the Darebin Creek Trail, an important transport route for both casual and commuter cyclists and also a popular path for walkers and joggers.
We jointly own the 30 year old bridge together with Darebin City Council. A structural audit on the bridge indicated that the bridge must be replaced. Both councils allocated funding to replace the bridge as part of their Capital Works Programs for 2017/18.
The new bridge has a wider deck of 4m, durable materials, balustrading and handrails complying with current standards. It is also safer and more user-friendly than the existing bridge.
The project involved the construction of new foundations, demolition of the existing bridge, construction of new approaches, and installation of the new steel structure, handrails and mini mesh decking.
The alignment of the new bridge matches that of the existing bridge to avoid a Melbourne Water sewer and minimise the impact on native vegetation.