Avon River Bridge at Stratford

 
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale
It appears that works have started on the new Avon River Bridge at Stratford on the Bairnsdale line.The new rail bridge is being built on the down side of the existing structure.There is a defined car park ,toilets crib room Drilling rig was operating for core sampling  and vegetation has been stripped on both sides of the river on the proposed alignment.There is lots of orange flag bunting everywhere but the most radical task the I observed  was that temperary   fencing that was erected along the alignment,on both sides across the paddocks ,down the river bank ,through the water across the river,up the river bank. Through the RIVER !!!!!. This is another classic case of Occupation Health and safety being prescribed  by "Professionals"who just don't think.Yes people have to be kept off the work site ,but the first drop of rain ,you can pick up the fence in Bass Strait!

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  PE2010 Station Master

Location: Newcastle
I observed  was that temperary   fencing that was erected along the alignment,on both sides across the paddocks ,down the river bank ,through the water across the river,up the river bank. Through the RIVER !!!!!. This is another classic case of Occupation Health and safety being prescribed  by "Professionals"who just don't think.Yes people have to be kept off the work site ,but the first drop of rain ,you can pick up the fence in Bass Strait!
david harvey

Sounds like an interesting concept - any photos ?
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
fencing that was erected along the alignment,on both sides across the paddocks ,down the river bank ,through the water across the river,up the river bank. Through the RIVER !!!!!.
david harvey
You have to get a photo of that, I can feel a meme coming on.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
. . . . I observed  was that temperary   fencing that was erected along the alignment,on both sides across the paddocks ,down the river bank ,through the water across the river,up the river bank. Through the RIVER !!!!!. This is another classic case of Occupation Health and safety being prescribed  by "Professionals"who just don't think.Yes people have to be kept off the work site ,but the first drop of rain ,you can pick up the fence in Bass Strait!
"david harvey"
Are you sure it's not a fish trap?
  skitz Chief Commissioner

. . . . I observed  was that temperary   fencing that was erected along the alignment,on both sides across the paddocks ,down the river bank ,through the water across the river,up the river bank. Through the RIVER !!!!!. This is another classic case of Occupation Health and safety being prescribed  by "Professionals"who just don't think.Yes people have to be kept off the work site ,but the first drop of rain ,you can pick up the fence in Bass Strait!
Are you sure it's not a fish trap?
Valvegear
Turtle trap.

Those who are local may join the dots.
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale
I went past the bridge site today and I could have sworn that I saw a fishing boat tied up to the fence along with 2 gunzuls that were entangled in the wire tiring not to get there feet wet.     It was kaos!
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale
. . . . I observed  was that temperary   fencing that was erected along the alignment,on both sides across the paddocks ,down the river bank ,through the water across the river,up the river bank. Through the RIVER !!!!!. This is another classic case of Occupation Health and safety being prescribed  by "Professionals"who just don't think.Yes people have to be kept off the work site ,but the first drop of rain ,you can pick up the fence in Bass Strait!
skitz
It appears that "somebody " high up in Projects Victoria must of read this RP post as and many thanks to the other posts for the out pouring of disbelief concerning the placment of the temporary fence. There are now 3 access points or breaks in the fence ,one for the river to flow though,one for people to walk though and one for vehicles to drive through . Our readers may not know but the Avon River  when it isnt flooding in about 5 metres wide whilst rest of the  dry river bed s about 80 metres wide (just a guess) so the local walk and drive up and down the river daily . Compaction is tracking place new concrecte sleeper have arrived with lots of barral pipes for drainage . Construction is onwhere near the river ,but the worker have to follow the Safe work Method Statement. OHS   WHOO ROOO
  Rossco T Chief Train Controller

Location: Camberwell, Victoria
It appears that "somebody " high up in Projects Victoria must of read this RP post as and many thanks to the other posts for the out pouring of disbelief concerning the placment of the temporary fence. There are now 3 access points or breaks in the fence ,one for the river to flow though,one for people to walk though and one for vehicles to drive through . Our readers may not know but the Avon River  when it isnt flooding in about 5 metres wide whilst rest of the  dry river bed s about 80 metres wide (just a guess) so the local walk and drive up and down the river daily . Compaction is tracking place new concrecte sleeper have arrived with lots of barral pipes for drainage . Construction is onwhere near the river ,but the worker have to follow the Safe work Method Statement. OHS   WHOO ROOO
david harvey
Hey David,

How did your 3 gaps in the fence hold up after the rain we had in Stratford over these last couple of days?

Reports on the BOM website say that there was 109mm of rainfall in the 24 hours to 9am 21 January.

Also there's a piece on the ABC website that talks about trees and debris being washed down the river.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-20/severe-weather-brings-flooding-hailstones-to-melbourne-victoria/11881278

Ross
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale
Hey David,

How did your 3 gaps in the fence hold up after the rain we had in Stratford over these last couple of days?

Reports on the BOM website say that there was 109mm of rainfall in the 24 hours to 9am 21 January.

Also there's a piece on the ABC website that talks about trees and debris being washed down the river.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-20/severe-weather-brings-flooding-hailstones-to-melbourne-victoria/11881278

Ross
Rossco T
Hey Thanks Ross for your in depth question about the Avon River at the town of Stratford. Thanks for asking Ross I am fine and the bushfires come within 10 kilometres from home we were lucky unlike so many other who lost their lives and property . As I dont drive any more and the bus service has been cancelled till further notice and the train service between Bairnsdale and Melbourne is cancelled and replaced by a bus for the month of January the answer is I dont know!!!, so back to the fence ,I should say that your $95 million dollar investment is safe(the bridge project) but I recken the your fence is now reached King Island .Stay tuned for further updates when the Train is running again.
  Rossco T Chief Train Controller

Location: Camberwell, Victoria
Hey Thanks Ross for your in depth question about the Avon River at the town of Stratford. Thanks for asking Ross I am fine and the bushfires come within 10 kilometres from home we were lucky unlike so many other who lost their lives and property . As I dont drive any more and the bus service has been cancelled till further notice and the train service between Bairnsdale and Melbourne is cancelled and replaced by a bus for the month of January the answer is I dont know!!!, so back to the fence ,I should say that your $95 million dollar investment is safe(the bridge project) but I recken the your fence is now reached King Island .Stay tuned for further updates when the Train is running again.
david harvey
Glad to here you are OK and that your home survived.

Must have been incredibly scary having the bushfires so close!

Look forward to more updates when the train is back!

Ross
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale
Hey Thanks Ross for your in depth question about the Avon River at the town of Stratford. Thanks for asking Ross I am fine and the bushfires come within 10 kilometres from home we were lucky unlike so many other who lost their lives and property . As I dont drive any more and the bus service has been cancelled till further notice and the train service between Bairnsdale and Melbourne is cancelled and replaced by a bus for the month of January the answer is I dont know!!!, so back to the fence ,I should say that your $95 million dollar investment is safe(the bridge project) but I recken the your fence is now reached King Island .Stay tuned for further updates when the Train is running again.
Glad to here you are OK and that your home survived.

Must have been incredibly scary having the bushfires so close!

Look forward to more updates when the train is back!

Ross
Rossco T
Thanks for your concern Rossco , there are people who have lost every thing  ,most homes along the Princess Hwy in Sarsfield were lost , fire doesnt do what its suppost to do , it does what it likes.  I always LOL  when a expert pops up on the TV and states " our computer modelling tells us that the fire will do this ETC ..."Well Its a pity fires dont follow the program..Getting back to more happier subjects the road is open on monday which mean the bus will be running so I can make the trip into      Bairnsdale but the train isnt running till 30th of January. I have my 2nd class ticket and I dont need a reservation on the Velocipede railcar  

all the Best Dave
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Here is a recent photo of the works err. well there is not much i can see happening

  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

I’m truly bewildered by what you consider to be “much happening” if driving piles for the new bridge doesn’t count.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I’m truly bewildered by what you consider to be “much happening” if driving piles for the new bridge doesn’t count.
potatoinmymouth
Maybe @bevans thinks they should tamp & grind first then drop ballast followed by laying rail then setting out sleepers then putting in the bridge decks closely followed by pouring the concrete support pylons and THEN drive the piles! Phew, need a lie down after that.......
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
River has been up. No doubt would have delayed them for about a week as they could only do so much.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
They don’t look like piles but I guess they could be.

How long ago was the bridge announced ?
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
They don’t look like piles but I guess they could be.

How long ago was the bridge announced ?
freightgate
Cant recall exactly, but a quick google suggests at least 2 years ago. Was one of the last things local member Darren Chester got done as transport minister before there was a movement of the deck chairs in Canberra.

found this from the premier's office, but it will post date the replacement announcement. https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/avon-river-bridge-alignment-revealed/
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
They don’t look like piles but I guess they could be.
"freightgate"
Have you checked with your doctor?Embarassed
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale
It appears that "somebody " high up in Projects Victoria must of read this RP post as and many thanks to the other posts for the out pouring of disbelief concerning the placment of the temporary fence. There are now 3 access points or breaks in the fence ,one for the river to flow though,one for people to walk though and one for vehicles to drive through . Our readers may not know but the Avon River  when it isnt flooding in about 5 metres wide whilst rest of the  dry river bed s about 80 metres wide (just a guess) so the local walk and drive up and down the river daily . Compaction is tracking place new concrecte sleeper have arrived with lots of barral pipes for drainage . Construction is onwhere near the river ,but the worker have to follow the Safe work Method Statement. OHS   WHOO ROOO
Hey David,

How did your 3 gaps in the fence hold up after the rain we had in Stratford over these last couple of days?

Reports on the BOM website say that there was 109mm of rainfall in the 24 hours to 9am 21 January.

Also there's a piece on the ABC website that talks about trees and debris being washed down the river.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-20/severe-weather-brings-flooding-hailstones-to-melbourne-victoria/11881278

Ross
Rossco T
I have some sad news to report . I have just traveled over the Avon River Bridge by rail and only one fence can be observed. It was lying in the river pulled over by the rush of water . The other two fences that were across the river were last  scene off the coast of King Island .
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

They don’t look like piles but I guess they could be.
freightgate
The machine in the picture is a pile driver, so unless they are working multiple jobs in the gig economy these days, I think it’s a reasonable assumption it’s there driving piles.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I have some sad news to report . I have just traveled over the Avon River Bridge by rail and only one fence can be observed. It was lying in the river pulled over by the rush of water . The other two fences that were across the river were last  scene off the coast of King Island .
"david harvey"
Rumour has it that the fences were swept away by a feral Murray Cod which had made its way south.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
I have some sad news to report . I have just traveled over the Avon River Bridge by rail and only one fence can be observed. It was lying in the river pulled over by the rush of water . The other two fences that were across the river were last  scene off the coast of King Island .
Rumour has it that the fences were swept away by a feral Murray Cod which had made its way south.
Valvegear
Carp Valvegear Wink and that's Carp not Crap Razz

BigShunter.
  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
On behalf of David Harvey, some pictures of the remains of the fence at the Avon River; those parts that didn't end up in Bass Strait







Neil
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale
On behalf of David Harvey, some pictures of the remains of the fence at the Avon River; those parts that didn't end up in Bass Strait







Neil
ngarner
Thanks Neil,I cant fathom that computer stuff. If you where part of Thomas the Tank Engines Crew I'd have to say                    "You're a really useful engine"
  bevans Site Admin

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