Up to 1,500 trucks on average daily will be accommodated by the construction of a second bridge in Echuca the Federal Government announced today.
The contract for a second river crossing joining the borders of Victoria and New South Wales at Echuca and Moama has been awarded to McConnell Dowell Constructors Australia.
It will lighten the load on the existing Murray River Bridge by thousands of vehicles as the Federal Government sets out to meet traffic demands for the next 30 years.
A new two-lane, two-way road north of the Warren Street roundabout in Echuca linked to the Cobb Highway will also be included in the Stage 3 build.
New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the announcement of the successful contractor for Stage 4 will be made in the coming weeks.
“The bridge will allow improved access for emergency services and will support high productivity freight vehicles, improving freight access through southern New South Wales and northern Victoria," he said.
Stage 2 of the Project, the upgrade of Warren Street, is on track to be completed and fully reopened to traffic later this year.
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said Stage 3 is the vital link of the project which once complete will boost the cross-border economy for Echuca and Moama locals with a reliable second crossing.
“The new bridge will give drivers an alternative to the existing bridge, which transports around 25,000 vehicles each day – including 1,500 trucks and heavy vehicles, helping to reduce congestion and improve industry productivity,” she said.
The $323.7 million Echuca-Moama Bridge Project is jointly funded by the Federal, Victorian and New South Wales governments, with Stage 3 being delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria.
The NSW Government has confirmed it will upgrade the Cobb Highway intersections of Meninya Street and Perricoota Road, with work to take place concurrently with the building of the new bridge as part of Stage 4.