Giant cranes have this week begun a crucial stage of the Western Freeway duplication at Trawalla – installing massive beams for a bridge over the Mt Emu Creek.
Works began Thursday and are expected to continue for the next two weeks.
VicRoads say delays may be experienced in the area, as heavy machinery is used to complete the bridge.
The 177-metre Mt Emu Creek bridge is part of the duplication works of the Western Highway between Burrumbeet and Beaufort.
The bridge works will be finished in the third week of September, weather permitting.
Speed restrictions and traffic management will be in place when bridge beams are being transported onto the work site.
In total, 42 bridge beams 34 metres long and each weighing more than 77 tonnes will complete the bridge.
VicRoads Western Highway project director Michael McCarthy said the $12.4 million bridge was a key feature of the works.
“This 177-metre bridge is a major part of the duplication and the deviation south of Trawalla that goes over Mt Emu Creek and Trawalla Road,” he said.
“Over the next three weeks, the community will see a total of 54 large beams installed which will link the eastern and western sides of the structure.”
Mr McCarthy said the bridge would allow freight movement and travel times to be improved along the Western Highway, with completion of this section next year.
“The Western Highway duplication works on the 23-kilometre section between Burrumbeet and Beaufort are progressing well and remain on target for a 2014 completion,” Mr McCarthy said.
“VicRoads asks road users to take extra care travelling in the area, with speed restrictions and traffic management in place.”