A NEW bridge has opened on Girgarre-Rushworth Road between Stanhope and Rushworth in rural Victoria. The bridge is to boost connectivity and reducing travel times for the region’s farmers and freight operators.

The new bridge crosses the Waranga Western Channel, allowing trucks and other heavy vehicles over 42.5 tonnes to return to Girgarre-Rushworth Road.

There is no load limit on the new Girgarre-Rushworth Road bridge making it easier for drivers travelling to and from the Fonterra cheese plant at Stanhope, one of the region’s major dairy companies.

The previous bridge was built in 1977 and had a load limit of 42.5 tonnes in place due to the bridge’s declining condition.

State minister for ports and freight Melissa Horne said work is now complete on a new and stronger bridge on Girgarre-Rushworth Road reducing travel times for heavy vehicle drivers travelling in northern Victoria.

“Freight keeps our economy moving, providing industries and consumers with access to the products they need and want – and connects Victorian producers with the rest of Australia and the world,” she said.