NGSC receives boost to upgrade roads

Published on 10 July 2018

Northern Grampians Shire Council receives boost to upgrade roads and bridges

Northern Grampians Shire Council has received funding under the Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund to upgrade two bridges on Scollary Road, a set of culverts on Scollary Road and the intersection of Scollary and Rinaldi Roads.

“Council understands the importance of keeping our roads and bridges upgraded wherever possible,” said Councillor Tony Driscoll, Mayor of Northern Grampians Shire Council.

“We have heavy loads moving across our shire and good roads keep our residents and other motorists safer and keep production on the move. In this instance it also helps keep people employed.”

These are shared grants where the government contributes two-thirds and the Council is responsible for the remaining third. In addition, Loddon Shire will contribute to the Scollary Bridge as it is a shared bridge between the two shires.

Scollary and Rinaldi Roads are the main link connecting the piggeries at Rinaldi Road with the nearest arterial road, Wimmera Highway.

The bridges and culvert will be strengthened to cater for Higher Mass Limit vehicles and new guardrails will be installed over the bridges. The Scollary and Rinaldi Road intersection will also be widened, sealed and line-marked to cater for the Higher Mass Limit vehicle turning movements.

“The intersection works will significantly increase road safety there,” Cr Driscoll added.

Grants received included $290,000 for Backwater Bridge which is expected to cost $435,000; $280,000 for Scollary Bridge which is expected to cost $420,000 and $117,000 for the upgrade to culvert on Scollary Road and Rinaldi/Scollary Road intersection which is expected to cost $175,500.