The Victorian State Government has announced the installation of a second gantry near the Montague Street Bridge in South Melbourne, in a bid to stop trucks and larger vehicles hitting the bridge.
Since 2011, there have been 102 reported strikes, including a serious bus crash in February this year.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, and Member for Albert Park, Martin Foley, this week inspected the new gantries that have been installed on the Normanby Road and City Road approaches to the three metre bridge.
“There are 26 advanced warnings signs and now two new gantries to stop people from hitting the Bridge,” Minister Donnellan said. “The Montague Street Bridge has seen over a hundred bridge strikes since 2011 – we’ve taken action to give this monument to our city a well-earned rest.”
Black and yellow plastic paddles hang from the gantries, which alert drivers who hit them that they are over-height, allowing them the opportunity to divert their journey to avoid hitting the bridge.
On top of the gantries, an additional advance warning signage has been installed on Montague Street and surrounding roads alerting drivers about the low-clearance bridge and providing alternate routes