Ministers announced the beginning of the advance tender notice (ATN) and prequalification process to deliver the new rail bridge.

The scope of works includes the construction the bridge across the Avon River, including earthworks and formation and track works to connect it to the existing railway.

 “The design and construction of the new bridge will provide numerous opportunities for local contractors and suppliers to be involved and ensure this investment benefits Gippsland in the long run,” said minister for public transport Jacinta Allan.

Interested parties are encouraged to register for prequalification, ahead of the call for expressions of interest in the project next month. Rail Projects Victoria is overseeing the project and will use the prequalification process to identify companies qualified to tender for the design and construction of the new bridge.

The replacement of the bridge is part of the US$405 million Gippsland Line Upgrade and will lift a 10km/h speed limit currently imposed on this section of the route. The existing Avon River bridge was built in 1888 and has undergone several extensions and additions since.

Construction of the new bridge is scheduled to begin in 2019 and expected to be completed in early 2021, subject to planning and environmental approvals.