Bells Bridge

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Origin of the name


Bells Bridge in Inverleigh was opened on 24 July 1969. The old bridge had been built by the Winchelsea Shire COuncil by J. $ C. Clark for 495 pounds in accordance with plans prepared by C.W.C. Farren, Engineer of the Shire of Winchelsea. The old bridge was constructed on timber piles and crossheads supporting timber stringers and decked with timber handrails giving a total length of 175 feet. It was opened to traffic on 01 October 1897. The new bridge has a concrete substructure on a piled foundation with triple column piers, concrete crossheads, six rows of 45 long prestressed concrete beams, cast in situ reinforced concrete deck and galvanized pipe hand rails supported on concrete posts. The new bridge is a six span structure giving an overall length of 282 feet, the longest bridge ever constructed by the Bannockburn Shire Council at that time (1969). The width between kerbs in 24 feet. The contractor was Ivo Mestrovic.[1]

At the opening the President of the Shire of Bannockburn, Cr A.K. Tanner, welcomed guests; Chairman of the Country Roads Board, I.J. O'Donnell address the guests; and Cr J.V. Guye, President of the Shire of Winchelsea, unveiled the Commemorative Plaque. The official opening was made by CR A.K. Tanner. [2]

See also


  1. Opening Programme for Bells Bridge, 1969.
  2. Opening Programme for Bells Bridge, 1969.


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