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Temporary closures for dredging works on Main Yarra Trail

Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Parks Victoria will begin dredging to remove accumulated silt beneath the floating sections of the Main Yarra Trail Friday 10 January 2014.

Parks Victoria District Manager Ross Williamson said the dredging operations will be restricted to weekdays between 9:30am to 4:30pm to allow the trail to be opened as much as possible during peak commuter times and weekends.

“The trail will be temporarily closed for public safety between Punt Road and Burnley Harbour during dredge operations and low tides until the silt issues are fully resolved. Night closures will continue between 8:30pm and 6:30am and when low tides tilt the pontoons, making the trail unsafe,” said Mr Williamson.  

 “The Main Yarra Trail has recently undergone a series of improvements to make this popular trail safer for users following problems with tilting on the floating infrastructure and ice-building up during winter.”

“The dredging will complete the works required on the trail and provide much safer access for the many cyclists and pedestrians who regularly use the Main Yarra Trail.”

The Victorian Coalition Government committed $480,000 to fast track works to address safety issues and reopen the trail in recognition of the popularity of the trail with commuting cyclists.

The works completed so far include line marking, installation of temperature controlled flashing ice warning signs, surface cleaning, new fibreglass mesh surfaces on the ramps, non-slip surfacing and other repairs.

“Dredging operations will commence in the first week of January and are expected to be complete by the end of February, pending favourable weather and conditions. Once the dredging is complete the trail will be fully re-opened.”

Environmental approvals for dredging have been obtained in accordance with the EPA Dredging Best Practice Guidelines.

“The ongoing safety of users of the Main Yarra Trail is of utmost importance to Parks Victoria and we want to thank everyone for their patience during the works and temporary closures.”

A scheduled of proposed closure times and details of a suggested detour is available on the Parks Victoria website.

For more information visit the project page or call 13 1963.

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