Patterson River Bridge Opens Ahead Of Schedule

For the first time ever, Carrum and Bonbeach residents are now able to drive along Station Street without having to detour onto the Nepean Highway, something locals have been wanting for decades.

The Patterson River bridge will transform the way locals move around Carrum. The new bridge has two lanes for local traffic open now, with a dedicated bike lane and a shared walking and cycling path opening later in the year. Construction and landscaping will continue until early 2019.

The new Patterson River road bridge will provide a safer and more direct connection for locals between Bonbeach and Carrum. The bridge will slash travel times every day for thousands of people and will mean locals won’t have to negotiate four level crossings every day to get to where they need to go.

Construction of the bridge started in early 2018 when an 18.5 metre barge was towed 30 nautical miles from Queenscliff. A 250-tonne crane was placed on the barge and has been used for everything from the initial piling work to lifting the final beams onto the bridge.

The community strongly advocated for a second road bridge during consultation, and its construction, is the first step in the removal of three level crossings at Mascot Avenue, Station Street, and Eel Race Road.

The Patterson River bridge is part of the $588 million project which includes three level crossing removals, the revitalisation of Carrum village, and a new beach promenade which will ensure a safer connection for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians making short local trips safer and easier.

Early works in Carrum began in August, which will inform the detailed design and construction methods as the project moves from the planning phase to building.

Construction in and around Carrum and Bonbeach is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s massive $2 billion investment on the Frankston line which includes the removal of 13 level crossings and building 10 new stations.

Locals have an opportunity to help give the bridge an official name, and can send their suggestions to your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/bridge-naming

As stated by Premier Daniel Andrews

“We promised Carrum and Bonbeach locals we’d build them a second road bridge and we’ve got it done – ahead of schedule. This new bridge will slash travel times to get people where they need to be sooner.”

“This is part of our record investment to remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne and give people on the Frankston line the world-class transport they deserve.”

As stated by Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny

“The community has been asking for this bridge for decades, I’m proud this government is delivering for the people of Bonbeach and Carrum.”

“The Patterson River bridge and removal of the level crossings will reduce congestion and make short local trips safer and easier.”

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