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Gippsland freight benefits from bridge strengthening

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Work to strengthen four bridges on the Princes Highway is now complete, allowing heavier trucks and more freight to travel on this important route.

Victorian Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford was in Traralgon to announce the completion of upgrades that saw carbon fibre reinforcement added to the underside of both the east and westbound Princes Highway bridges.

The bridges cross Commercial Road in Morwell and the SEC Railway near the Hazelwood Mine and carry over 3,300 trucks each day.

The upgrades will allow trucks to carry heavier loads, improving efficiency and reducing supply chain costs while also contributing to a strong regional economy.

The $780,000 investment is from the Victorian Government’s $40.8 million Strong Bridges, Stronger Economy program.

This work follows two successful bridge strengthening upgrades delivered on the Princes Highway in 2018 on the Little Moe River Bridge and Morwell River Floodplain Bridge.

Source: Vic Government

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