An upgrade to the railway footbridge at Dimboola will significantly improve safety for pedestrians.
Minister for Public Transport, Lynne Kosky, said today that VicTrack has awarded a $600,000 contract for the upgrade of the over rail foot bridge at Dimboola to be completed by DC Projects Pty Ltd.
These works involve mediation repairs and protective coating repairs to the pedestrian bridge located at the top of Lochiel Street, adjacent to the passenger rail platform.
“An upgrade to the over rail foot bridge at Dimboola will significantly improve safety for pedestrians.” Ms. Kosky said.
“Significant works include the removal of lead paint and replacement of all timber members across the structure.
“The maintenance works are on schedule for completion in November,” Ms Kosky said.
The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, said the upgrade was great news for Dimboola.
“As ‘The Overland’ is no longer an overnight service now travels through daylight hours more Dimboola residents are using the train,” Ms Tierney said.
“People living in Western Victoria previously had to alight or board the train anywhere between the hours of 11pm and 3am. The bridge is an important part of the Station’s infrastructure and I look forward to it being reopened.”
Ms Kosky thanked commuters and residents of Dimboola for their patience and urged them to continue to observe safety signs and to use the alternate bridge until the completion of the works.
“I thank the Dimboola public and commuters for their patience while the repair of the bridge was assessed.
“I further urge the public to observe safety instructions until the works are complete,” Ms. Kosky said.
Works will not interfere with the daily rail operations of the Dimboola Station or Freight Depot. An alternative foot bridge is still available south of Dimboola Station.
The works are funded under the VicTrack pedestrian bridge renewal program. VicTrack is a commercially driven organisation that adds value to Government assets, primarily state rail land and infrastructure.