ARNOLD Street has reopened a week earlier than expected as works on a bridge linking the two parts of the new Bendigo hospital project race ahead.
Bendigo Health board chair Bob Cameron said Lendlease teams worked around the clock last week to get works on the air link bridge across Arnold Street to a point where they would not be impacted by the road being open.
“You will still see people on the bridge working,” Mr Cameron said.
“The construction and façade works are almost complete.
“Finishes and fitout will be ongoing over the coming months to complete the bridge. This includes things such as service connections, oxygen and medical gases, ceilings, floor finishes and handrails.”
The lanes closest to the hospital, between Barnard and Stewart streets, reopened at the weekend.
One lane nearest to the building under construction remains closed.
“On behalf of Bendigo Health I want to thank the community, especially the neighbours of the hospital, for their support and patience during the road closure,” Mr Cameron said.
Bendigo Health had anticipated the road would be closed until December 16.
The building under construction will consist of a multi-storey car park, a helipad, a conference centre, and retail outlets.
The air link bridge and new building are part of the second stage of the $630 million Bendigo Hospital Project, due to open mid-2018.