Work is ramping up on the new Chandler Highway Bridge in Melbourne, with crews installing the steel beams that will support the new bridge.

Each beam is up to 52m long and is lifted into place using a 600-tonne crane.

As part of the $110 million upgrade, a new six-lane Chandler Highway bridge is being constructed over the Yarra River, to link up with a new six lane road, traffic lights at Yarra Boulevard and upgraded intersections.

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews said the new Chandler Highway Bridge will “bust congestion and improve traffic flow between Melbourne’s inner east, south and north”.

The historic 128-year-old Chandler Highway Bridge is being transformed into a walking and cycling path – an open space where Melburnians can enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Yarra River from a new perspective.

The project will be completed by the end of 2018.

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