Update July 13 2020
The Afton Street bridge is back and better than ever following extensive works.
The bridge will be reopened to the public from Monday, 13 July 2020, once again completing the popular Maribyrnong River circuit.
Jointly funded by Moonee Valley City Council and Maribyrnong City Council works included the replacement of the ageing wooden decking and railing with a sturdier steel railing and slip-resistant decking.
We’re proud to have delivered the project on time despite the added challenge of COVID-19 and want to thank all our river users for their patience while we got this important work done.
With exercise one of the four reasons to leave your home we hope the reopening of the bridge will help locals enjoy the Maribyrnong River while getting fresh air.
We know the stretch of river along The Boulevard, Aberfeldie is popular so please keep physical distancing while exercising, wear a mask if advised and help slow the spread.
If you arrive at the river and it looks a little busy, why not check out one of our other beautiful parks, we’ve got some suggestions here.
Update April 2020 – Works are continuing on the Afton Street Bridge with coating works underway and the decking coming up in sections. Works are on schedule and we’re still planning on re-opening the bridge in July.
If you walk, run or cycle around the Maribyrnong River you’ll notice we’ve temporarily closed the Afton Street Pedestrian Bridge.
We’re working to make the bridge better, replacing the old wooden decking and railing with a more sturdy steel railing and slip-resistant decking.
This will make the bridge stronger and safer for all community members.
The bridge will be closed from Monday, 2 March 2020. We’re hoping to reopen the bridge by the start of July.
We know that seems like a long time, but it’s a big job!
The work includes the demolition, then rebuilding of all the timber joists, decking, and handrails.
We’ll also repaint the bridge.
In the meantime, the shortest detour is via the Raleigh Road Bridge, it’ll add around 3.5 km to your journey.
We apologise for the inconvenience but the bridge will be back and better than ever soon.
Keep an eye on our website, we’ll provide updates as the work progresses.