Thursday November 4, 2021

Rail trail upgrades to start

Significant upgrades to the East Gippsland Rail Trail are set to commence in coming weeks.
Works being undertaken include cleaning of culverts or replacement to address drainage and erosion issues, bridge repairs or complete rebuild, road crossing safety standardisation, fencing and installation of barriers to prevent illegal access to the trail, together with surface upgrades including sealing the heavily used parts of the trail around Nicholson, Bruthen and Nowa Nowa.
Samples of gravel have been laid at Newmerella to determine the most suitable material to be used on the remainder of the trail.
As part of the upgrades, two water fountains are being installed, potentially around Newmerella and Mossiface, together with two picnic tables with bench seats.
Due to the use of heavy machinery, sections of the trail will need to be closed, at times, to enable contractors to safely undertake the works.
Notification of closures will be advised via the Rail Trail’s Facebook and Instagram pages and website.
The volunteer committee of management has worked hard to obtain funding for the upgrades through various sources.

IMAGE: East Gippsland Rail Trail is about to undergo upgrades across multiple section of the track. (PS)