“The bridges had reached the end of their useful life after being built by volunteers in the late nineties, using mostly recycled timber” says Council Infrastructure Projects Officer Craig Fowler.
“Council has worked closely with the Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail Committee of Management to develop detailed designs that will improve the experience for all trail users.
“The new bridges are steel structures with railings made of recycled composite material, higher rails to accommodate horse riders and weight rated for the committee to get maintenance machinery in to attend to the trail,” Mr Fowler said.
Committee Chairperson Pat Robertson said a total of five bridges needed replacing at an estimated cost of $1.2 M.
“Now we’ve done two bridges there are three more to be replaced,” she said.
The Committee of Management is seeking funding for this purpose.
The 34 km trail passes by spectacular remnants of railway trestle bridges set in beautiful rainforest. It also passes through attractive woodlands and cattle grazing country.
It connects to the Twelve Apostles Trail at Timboon, enabling cyclists and walkers to travel as far as the Port Campbell lookout.