Replacement bridge for Wangaratta
A handsome new stockbridge footway has been built over the Ovens River for the City of Wangaratta in North Eastern Victoria, providing a far safer northern link for pedestrians and cyclists to the central business district than the old one.
For many years after the old Stockbridge became superseded by another bridge carrying the Hume Highway, the major route between Sydney and Melbourne, it continued to be used as a pedestrian bridge.
The old timber Stockbridge began life in 1935 and was the main route for bringing stock to the saleyards, which are now the site of a local park. Its condition had deteriorated in recent years to the extent that it was unsafe for pedestrian use and had to be closed. In 1994 the City of Wangaratta called for proposals for a replacement bridge.
Article published on Thursday, 01 January 2015