The Federal and Victorian Governments have announced the beginning of the advance tender notice and pre-qualification process to deliver the $95 million Avon River rail bridge in Stratford, Victoria.
The scope of works includes the construction of a rail bridge across the Avon River, including earthworks and formation and track works connecting the new bridge to the existing railway.
The new bridge is part of the $530 million Gippsland Line Upgrade, and will lift the 10km/h speed limit currently imposed on the section.
Rail Projects Victoria is overseeing the project and will use the pre-qualification process to identify companies qualified to tender for the design and construction of the new bridge.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said the project is a great opportunity to create local jobs.
“The design and construction of the new bridge will provide numerous opportunities for local contractors and suppliers to be involved and ensure this investment benefits Gippsland in the long run,” she said.
Construction of the new bridge is scheduled to begin in 2019, and expected to be completed in early 2021, subject to planning and environmental approvals.