Lakes Entrance - Bullock Island Bridge Construction

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PROJECT UPDATE

9 August 2022

Stage 1 of construction of the Bullock Island bridge is now complete and ready for vehicle use. Installation of stainless-steel handrail and LED lighting will occur towards the end of the whole project. The newly completed lane is now open to traffic with the footpath continuing to be closed whilst there is nearby construction activity. Construction of Stage 2 has commenced which includes construction of a footpath and outbound lane. The relocation of utility services that were housed within the bridge is now also complete. The project is on track for completion by December 2022, just in time for the busy tourist season.

8 June 2022

Due to matters outside of Council’s control, works have stopped on the Bullock Island bridge project. It is expected that works will recommence in the week commencing 23 June. Works have progressed well so far and are on track for completion by December 2022.

23 May 2022

The replacement of Bullock island Bridge is progressing well, taking into account staff shortages and delays associated with COVID.

The relocation of services is nearing completing along with the road widening component. The installation of kerb and footpath will occur this month with rocks placed on road formation batters to assist with erosion. The contractor is expected to commence stage 2 of the bridge replacement within the next month.

11 April 2022

Great progress has been made on the Bullock Island bridge with the recent installation of guardrail. The road approach works and relocation of the water and power services is to occur within the coming weeks. It is expected that completion of stage one will occur within the next month with traffic able to use this new section of the bridge once complete. The bridge is looking fantastic and will make a much needed improvement to the entrance to our well used and loved Bullock Island.

14 February 2022

Stage 1 of the Bullock Island bridge replacement has reached a major milestone, with the concrete deck being poured today. The concrete being used is a special marine grade mix that will limit moist salt air penetrating into the steel reinforcement, as was the case with the previous bridge.

The next stage will see the installation of safety barrier and road approaches.

10 November 2021

The Bullock Island bridge replacement projects completion will most likely be delayed due to unforeseen problems encountered during pile driving. Large amounts of buried rock and debris from the previous bridges have caused the 10 metre long concrete piles to skew sideways during the driving process. Council Officers are working with the contractors and design engineers to identify ways to combat these problems and hopefully get the project progressing at full speed. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that the works will be completed by Easter 2022.

About the Project

The bridge construction commenced in July 2021 and is due for completion by December 2022. Sheet pilling for the new bridge has commenced, this is to cater for the new bridge which is wider than the existing bridge. Rock is being used to form a groyne for heavy machinery to work from. The waterway under the bridge has now been closed by Gippsland Ports, so works can progress at full capacity. The construction site has been closed to all pedestrians until further notice. The bridge will be down to single lane traffic 24 hours a day from late August 2021 until project completion.

This project is fully funded by the Federal Government’s Building Our Future program.


Last updated by Project Supervisor on 8 June 2022

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PROJECT UPDATE

9 August 2022

Stage 1 of construction of the Bullock Island bridge is now complete and ready for vehicle use. Installation of stainless-steel handrail and LED lighting will occur towards the end of the whole project. The newly completed lane is now open to traffic with the footpath continuing to be closed whilst there is nearby construction activity. Construction of Stage 2 has commenced which includes construction of a footpath and outbound lane. The relocation of utility services that were housed within the bridge is now also complete. The project is on track for completion by December 2022, just in time for the busy tourist season.

8 June 2022

Due to matters outside of Council’s control, works have stopped on the Bullock Island bridge project. It is expected that works will recommence in the week commencing 23 June. Works have progressed well so far and are on track for completion by December 2022.

23 May 2022

The replacement of Bullock island Bridge is progressing well, taking into account staff shortages and delays associated with COVID.

The relocation of services is nearing completing along with the road widening component. The installation of kerb and footpath will occur this month with rocks placed on road formation batters to assist with erosion. The contractor is expected to commence stage 2 of the bridge replacement within the next month.

11 April 2022

Great progress has been made on the Bullock Island bridge with the recent installation of guardrail. The road approach works and relocation of the water and power services is to occur within the coming weeks. It is expected that completion of stage one will occur within the next month with traffic able to use this new section of the bridge once complete. The bridge is looking fantastic and will make a much needed improvement to the entrance to our well used and loved Bullock Island.

14 February 2022

Stage 1 of the Bullock Island bridge replacement has reached a major milestone, with the concrete deck being poured today. The concrete being used is a special marine grade mix that will limit moist salt air penetrating into the steel reinforcement, as was the case with the previous bridge.

The next stage will see the installation of safety barrier and road approaches.

10 November 2021

The Bullock Island bridge replacement projects completion will most likely be delayed due to unforeseen problems encountered during pile driving. Large amounts of buried rock and debris from the previous bridges have caused the 10 metre long concrete piles to skew sideways during the driving process. Council Officers are working with the contractors and design engineers to identify ways to combat these problems and hopefully get the project progressing at full speed. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that the works will be completed by Easter 2022.

About the Project

The bridge construction commenced in July 2021 and is due for completion by December 2022. Sheet pilling for the new bridge has commenced, this is to cater for the new bridge which is wider than the existing bridge. Rock is being used to form a groyne for heavy machinery to work from. The waterway under the bridge has now been closed by Gippsland Ports, so works can progress at full capacity. The construction site has been closed to all pedestrians until further notice. The bridge will be down to single lane traffic 24 hours a day from late August 2021 until project completion.

This project is fully funded by the Federal Government’s Building Our Future program.


Last updated by Project Supervisor on 8 June 2022

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  • Project completion delayed

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    The Bullock Island bridge replacement projects completion will most likely be delayed due to unforeseen problems encountered during pile driving. Large amounts of buried rock and debris from the previous bridges have caused the 10 metre long concrete piles to skew sideways during the driving process. Council Officers are working with the contractors and design engineers to identify ways to combat these problems and hopefully get the project progressing at full speed. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that the works will be completed by Easter 2022.

  • Southern side of bridge being removed

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    Southern side of the existing bridge is in the process of being removed to allow for the first stage new bridge construction to commence. The first phase of the new bridge construction will require steel reinforced concrete piles to be driven into the lake bed. During this process local residents may hear some loud noises, emanating from the hydraulic hammer used to drive the piles, council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. The contractor responsible for these works will only undertake the pile driving between the hours of 8am & 5pm Mon – Fri.

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