Two new bridges have opened on the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail.
They are a great example of how detours can be done properly with commitment and the right talent.
And they put some permanent bridges on Australia's trails to shame.
Well worth a detour!
The temporary pontoon bridges are in place to divert riders across to the other side of the creek while the permanent trail is closed for works associated with the West Gate Tunnel Project.
A second pontoon downstream will take them back to the other side and onto the trail again, after crossing Dynon Road at a new signalised crossing.
The temporary crossings are just upstream and just downstream from Dynon Road.
Riders along the trail recently may have noticed the pontoon structures being assembled.
They are anchored to the bottom of the Creek and are expected to be stable. Railings will prevent riders pedalling off into the drink.
The surface was chosen to ensure it would not be slippery in wet or frosty conditions during the cooler months.
Ramps onto, and off, the pontoons should be safe, lacking without the sharp, bone-rattling jolts on the Main Yarra Trail pontoons.
None-the-less riders should exercise due care throughout the detour.
Riders on Dynon Road should note that the footpath on the bridge over the Moonee Ponds Creek will be closed. Use the detour route where it crosses Dynon Road at the new signalised pedestrian crossing.
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