RIGHT now it might appear to be little more than metal beams holding up a rust-coloured wall, but in reality the overpass above Remembrance Drive is far more important than that.
Work on constructing the Western Highway bridge that will allow the Avenue of Honour to be reconnected is well under way and it is already shaping as an impressive structure.
Poor weather this week has caused some difficulty for work but summer is being seen as a crucial time to increase work on the Western Highway, according to project director Michael McCarthy.
It is projected the 23-kilometre section between Burrumbeet and Beaufort will be completed by the end of 2014, but weather conditions will be crucial.
“A lot is dependent on the weather and we see this summer as an opportunity to progress forward with the project,” Mr McCarthy said.
“We are finishing the piling for the overpass
and soon will be constructing the abutments in readiness for the bridge beams later
in the summer.”
As well as the large overpass being constructed at the Remembrance Drive site, a massive 177-metre bridge over Mount Emu Creek is nearing completion.
That bridge will form part of the Trawalla bypass.
A lot of the works are not visible from the current Western Highway, but Mr McCarthy said the project would be increasingly visible over the coming months.
With much of the work gradually coming closer to the actual highway, he stressed the importance of responsible driving by motorists.
“Like last summer, it will be very busy on this section of the Western Highway, with speed reductions and heavy machinery
and trucks entering and exiting the highway,” Mr McCarthy said.
“We have been pleased with the behaviour of roads users and encourage everyone to be cautious and patient travelling between Ballarat and Beaufort.”
Next year, construction is expected to start on the next section of the Western Highway duplication, from Beaufort to Buangor.