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Final Span to be installed on Edwin Flack Bridge

The final span of the new Edwin Flack Footbridge will be installed over Olympic Boulevard tonight, Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine said today. 

Dr Napthine said the new Edwin Flack bridge would combine with the new Eastern Plaza development to provide an unbroken pedestrian link connecting the MCG with Melbourne Park and AAMI Park. 

“The bridge is a fantastic feature of the $366 million first stage of the Melbourne Park redevelopment,” Dr Napthine said. 

“From 9.30pm tonight Olympic Boulevard will be closed to traffic as cranes lift in the final span of the footbridge. Work is expected to continue overnight with the road reopening at 5:00am on Wednesday. 

“Once the span is bolted in, work will begin to lay a concrete deck on top of the steel work. Balustrades will be installed around mid-October followed by more finishing work. 

“We expect the bridge – featuring two sets of historic Olympic rings from the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games – to be open to the public in December and ready for the 2013 Australian Open.  

“The Edwin Flack bridge will link up Melbourne’s renowned sporting precinct with the MCG and Yarra Park. It also provides a link to the area’s past by remembering Australia’s first Olympic champion Edwin Flack and the 1956 Games,” Dr Napthine said. 

The first stage of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment is due for completion in late 2014 and includes: 

the new National Tennis Centre with eight indoor tennis courts, 13 outdoor tennis courts, a 1,000 space car park and an elevated Eastern Plaza public space; 

the upgrade and expansion of Margaret Court Arena, including an extra 1,500 seats and a fully operable roof; and

a 4.5 megalitre water tank under the Oval and considerable landscape improvements around the precinct. 

“The Victorian Coalition Government has also provided funding in the 2012-13 State Budget for early design work for Stage 2 of the redevelopment, cementing our commitment to the future of world-class sporting and entertainment events in Melbourne,” Dr Napthine said. 

The final span of the new Edwin Flack Footbridge will be installed over Olympic Boulevard tonight, Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine said today. 

Dr Napthine said the new Edwin Flack bridge would combine with the new Eastern Plaza development to provide an unbroken pedestrian link connecting the MCG with Melbourne Park and AAMI Park. 

“The bridge is a fantastic feature of the $366 million first stage of the Melbourne Park redevelopment,” Dr Napthine said. 

“From 9.30pm tonight Olympic Boulevard will be closed to traffic as cranes lift in the final span of the footbridge. Work is expected to continue overnight with the road reopening at 5:00am on Wednesday. 

“Once the span is bolted in, work will begin to lay a concrete deck on top of the steel work. Balustrades will be installed around mid-October followed by more finishing work. 

“We expect the bridge – featuring two sets of historic Olympic rings from the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games – to be open to the public in December and ready for the 2013 Australian Open.  

“The Edwin Flack bridge will link up Melbourne’s renowned sporting precinct with the MCG and Yarra Park. It also provides a link to the area’s past by remembering Australia’s first Olympic champion Edwin Flack and the 1956 Games,” Dr Napthine said. 

The first stage of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment is due for completion in late 2014 and includes: 

the new National Tennis Centre with eight indoor tennis courts, 13 outdoor tennis courts, a 1,000 space car park and an elevated Eastern Plaza public space; 

the upgrade and expansion of Margaret Court Arena, including an extra 1,500 seats and a fully operable roof; and

a 4.5 megalitre water tank under the Oval and considerable landscape improvements around the precinct. 

“The Victorian Coalition Government has also provided funding in the 2012-13 State Budget for early design work for Stage 2 of the redevelopment, cementing our commitment to the future of world-class sporting and entertainment events in Melbourne,” Dr Napthine said.