The Chandler Highway heritage bridge restoration is now complete, offering a new path for walking and cycling over the Yarra River with old-fashioned charm.
Work commenced earlier in the year following the construction of a new road bridge over the river, which left the heritage bridge suitable for repurposing into active transport infrastructure.
Bikes and pedestrians now have use of the previous Chandler bridge, originally carrying trains, then motor traffic, and now heritage protected and restored as a community asset.
As well as the new route over the Yarra, there is a new connection along the Yarra that rids us all of the cursed steps.
Major Road Projects Victoria hosting a grand opening on Thursday 21 November, and invite everyone down to celebrate the history of the Chandler Highway bridge which has been fully restored to its original condition.
When: Thursday 21 November 2019, 4pm to 7pm (drop in anytime)
Where: On the Chandler Highway heritage bridge
What: Food trucks and free ice-cream, as well as family friendly entertainment including music, kids colouring-in area and a photo booth to dress up and capture a moment on the new bridge.
The new path also provides a link to the Anniversary and Main Yarra trails, and features interpretive signage with historic imagery telling the story and evolution of the bridge.
For any questions about the grand opening event please contact Major Road Projects Victoria via firstname.lastname@example.org or via their social media @roadprojectsvic.
Bicycle Network has worked on fixes to route connection problems in this precinct for decades, but the final solution had to wait for the redevelopment of the old APM Paper Mills site immediately adjacent.
Now the brand new residential precinct has a direct connection onto the Chandler active transport bridge, and the Main Yarra Trail.
The Chandler Highway connection also links through to Fulham Road, providing a link to the north that avoids busy Grange Road. A new underpass under the railway line at Wingrove Street, completes the link.
There are better connections to the Outer Circle Trail and to Yarra Boulvard.
And in the longer term, the new bike route into inner Melbourne along the Eastern Freeway, being built as part of the North East Link project, will connect into this precinct also.