Dhurringhile works to improve road safety

Friday 21 July, 2017

Installation of a new regulator and road culvert at Dhurringile will provide a win-win for road users, Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) and Greater Shepparton City Council.

The replacement work at Bayunga Rd, 100m north of the Langham and Bayunga Rd intersection, is part of GMW’s $8 million package of Winter Works this season.

It will see a GMW regulator relocated outside of the road reserve and the road crossing replaced to provide a 6m clear zone from the road edge.

This will provide road users with a clear passageway, and allow for GMW customers to achieve the designed flow rates of 220ML per day through the culvert.

Lead Project Manager Linc Wellington said the works are multi-faceted and until now, the regulator had been located in the road reserve.

“The existing box culvert access was approximately 4m wide – so the new design allows for a safer and much larger roadway.”

After discussions with GMW and council – it was agreed the regulator would be moved further back.

“It took a little bit of time to get the designs changed but this has resulted in a better outcome for Greater Shepparton City Council and road users,” he said.

“This is the best solution to fix the asset for all parties involved.”

The estimated cost of the project is $193,000 and works will also make it easier for GMW staff to access the new regulator for future maintenance.

Before work begins, crews will build a cofferdam and de-water the channel, so that existing infrastructure can be removed.

“We are going to salvage the old concrete flume structures and put these into storage for future use elsewhere,” Mr Wellington said.

Managing Director Pat Lennon said about 11km of channel bank remodelling, 18km of rock armouring and upgrades to about 40 structures will take place as part of GMW’s 2017 Winter Works program.