Murray to Dederang transmission tower upgrades

Car driving on a dirt road along large powerlines

Location: Along the Murray Valley Highway, Omeo Highway and Kiewa Valley Highway.

Timeframe: Work will start in May 2024 and be completed in December 2024.

What are we doing?

We’re reinforcing 60 steel transmission towers between the Murray Switching Station and the Dederang Terminal Station along the Murray Valley Highway, Omeo Highway and Kiewa Valley Highway.

These towers were designed and constructed between 1959 and 1965 using the State Electricity Commission of Victoria’s design codes that applied at that time.

This design code has now been replaced with new standards.

Although in good condition, a risk assessment found that during high intensity winds, these 60 towers pose safety risks due to their proximity to major roads. By adding reinforcements to these towers, we’ll be reducing the safety risk to the community during high intensity winds.

The upgrade works will focus on two key areas:

  1. Steel works
    To reinforce the towers themselves, we will attach additional steel reinforcements to the existing tower body.
  2. Foundation strengthening
    To reinforce the tower foundations, we will use a micro piling method. This involves drilling 2-4 holes, about 30 cm wide, at different depths around the base of each tower. We'll then insert structural grout and a steel rod into each hole and attach the rods to the tower's base using a transition plate.

What does this mean for you?

Landowner engagement

We will contact landowners directly impacted by these upgrades. We’re committed to working closely with landowners to minimise any disruptions.

Travel disruptions

You can expect increased traffic along the highways, including heavy machinery, as crews move between work sites.

Are there any planned outages?

There are no planned power outages related to this project.

We’re also working with an environmental consultant to protect important biodiversity in the area.

More information

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