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Floating section of Main Yarra Trail now open
Latest news (updated 9 September 2013)
The floating sections of the Main Yarra Trail have passed an independent safety audit and are now open.
The floating pontoons were closed on 28 June between Barkley Avenue, Burnley and Punt Road, Richmond following safety concerns for trail users caused by surface ice and silting under the pontoons which caused it to dramatically lean over to one side.
Works to minimise ice forming on the surface of the trail included surface cleaning, line marking, installation of new temperature controlled flashing ice warning signs, fibreglass mesh surfaces on the ramps, non slip surfacing and repairs to the walers.
Preparations are continuing for the removal of silt build up under the floating pontoons. Hydrographic surveys have identified the key areas where silt removal is required and planning is well advanced. Environmental approvals for dredging are currently being sought in accordance with the EPA Dredging Best Practice Guidelines. Dredging is expected to commence in late September and will continue throughout October pending favourable weather and conditions.
Temporary closures are still required during low tides and dredging operations until the silt removal issues are fully resolved. The floating pontoons will close daily at 8:30pm and reopen at 6:30am for public safety during low tides.
Additional daytime closures will also be required while the dredge vessel is in operation. Where possible, disruptions to trail access are being scheduled to avoid peak cyclist commuter times for public convenience.
Updates about the Main Yarra Trail works and any additional temporary closures will continue to be posted here on the Parks Victoria website.
Suggested detour during temporary closures
City bound Main Yarra Trail users
Detour at MacRobertson Bridge onto the Capital City Trail for approximately 4.4km which then connects back onto the Main Yarra Trail at Anderson St via Morell Bridge (Anderson St Footbridge).
Out-bound pedestrians and cyclists
Detour at Anderson St onto the Capital City Trail via Morell Bridge (Anderson St Footbridge) and connect back onto the Main Yarra Trail via MacRobertson Bridge.
Cyclists are reminded to ride safely and alter riding behaviour to suit the conditions of alternate routes. Always slow down when approaching pedestrians and corners and dismount when crossing the Mac Robertson Bridge for both rider and pedestrian safety.
12 Nov 2013
Parks Victoria wishes to advise visitors that during the next six weeks there will be weekday access disruptions at the McKenzie River Rainforest Walk in the Bemm River Scenic Reserve, between Orbost and Cann River in East Gippsland. The walk is a popular stopping point for motorists on the Princes…