AN AGEING bridge in south Warrnambool has received the $1.5 million it needs for the city council to determine how to renew the structure.
Edwards Bridge, also known as Stanley Street bridge, crosses the Merri River and is among seven projects to share in $5.6 million for bridges and roads in Wannon.
Warrnambool City councillors voted in May to apply for the $1.5 million for the bridge, after a report assessed it had reached the end of its serviceable life.
Federal Wannon MP Dan Tehan said the funding would give a "a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy".
"This vital funding will allow communities right across the country to fast-track their highest-priority infrastructure projects," Mr Tehan said.
"Every single local job we support in Wannon by investing in infrastructure projects means one less worry for another Australian and their family."
A report to the council had recommended the bridge's 20 tonne load limit should reduce to 15 tonne.
But council officers considered a lower load limit on the bridge "problematic" as heritage-listed Norfolk Island pines stopped heavy vehicles using Pertobe Road.
The council has been considering five options including a major revamp of the existing bridge or even a total replacement.
Options cost between $1.06 and $3 million, but a decision has not been made.
"I'm sure the community will have strong views on the new bridge and maintaining its heritage character," Cr Kylie Gaston said.
The council had said if it was successful in securing money for the bridge, work could be under way in 2021/2022.
Workers in August propped up the deck cross beams with temporary steel beams, costing the council $80,000.
The 1895 bridge is Warrnambool's second oldest and also received major repairs in 2017.
Meanwhile, the federal government also announced Williams Road bridge at Scotts Creek would receive works worth $75,000 to replace steel culverts with concrete.
Four other bridges in Wannon's north will receive funding while roads at the South Australian border leading to Penola received $2 million.
The money is under the federal government's round five of the Bridges Renewal Program and round seven of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said these latest rounds would support 350 projects across the nation.
He said nearly 80 per cent of the $290 million investment was going to councils.
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