THE Lawrence Street bridge replacement project in Wodonga will start on Monday and lead to the street's closure at this point for a minimum four months.
Wodonga Council has identified alternative routes around the bridge over House Creek including Brockley and Woodland streets and Melbourne Road with a pledge detours will be well sign-posted.
The total project including roadworks is costing more than $3.2 million and has required the allocation of an additional $1.7 million to be found for its completion.
In May, Nelmac Engineering had a tender worth $2.71 million for the demolition and construction of the bridge accepted and Excell Gray Bruni has been engaged to complete the roadworks at at a cost of $523,474.
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The present bridge was built in 1966.
Its replacement will be raised to allow the shared pathway that crosses Lawrence Street to pass underneath and continue as part of the House Creek path network.
The ability of the bridge to cope with flooding will also be improved when replaced.
It is being built 300mm above the once in 100-year flood level.
Lawrence Street is one of the city's busiest roads with Wodonga West Primary School located nearby the bridge.
The bridge replacement will also be partly paid for by a $733,000 federal government grant.
A high level assessment of the bridge's condition completed earlier this year by consultant structural engineers put paid to the possibility the bridge deck only be upgraded.