Darebin Council has work planned for January to April 2017, although the leaflet also mentions early February, that will close Merri Creek Bridge between Walker Street & Rushall Station.

It's going to be a massive disruption for everyone who uses the bridge, so please pass this information onto everyone you know who travels through this area so they know well in advance.

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From Daniel Ospina: As part of the Capital Works Program, Darebin City Council has allocated funding to stabilise the slope at the intersection of Walker Street and McLachlan Street in Northcote.

An inspection of the Merri Creek Bridge (Bridge to Rushall Railway Station) identified a potential for a landslip at the intersection. Further geotechnical studies confirmed that the slope is unstable and action is required. If the slope was to fail it would cause major damage to the intersection, the bridge, private properties, Authorities' assets and Council assets, as well as posing a high risk on people’s lives.

This project involves the removal of road pavement and associated road drainage, excavation works, construction of retention systems, and reconstruction of road pavement and footpaths. The works will require the temporary closure of the intersection between the two streets, footpaths, and the Rushall Station Footbridge. Construction works are planned to occur between January and April 2017 and will take up to three months to complete. Specific dates are yet to be confirmed with the contractor.

Please see attached plan for alternative routes for cyclists and pedestrians. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the construction period. Please contact me if you have any questions about the project.

For more information: contact Daniel Ospina, Project Manager at Darebin Council on 8470 8425 or 8470 8888

Detour map: Closure of Merri Creek Bridge at Walker Street to Rushall Station

Detour map: Closure of Merri Creek Bridge at Walker Street to Rushall Station