Bridge ten­ders are called for the project’s third stage A new bridge means removing heavy traf­fic from the cen­tre of Echuca and re­duc­ing con­ges­tion to give lo­cal res­i­dents a bet­ter qual­ity of life

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

CON­STRUC­TION on the third stage of the Echuca-Moama bridge project is an­other step closer with three con­trac­tors be­ing short­listed for the op­por­tu­nity to ten­der the works.

CPB Con­trac­tors, McCon­nell Dow­ell Con­struc­tors and RiverCon­nects (Ac­ciona Con­struc­tion Aus­tralia) will soon be in­vited to sub­mit ten­ders for stage three of the highly an­tic­i­pated project ahead of con­struc­tion start­ing later next year.

Ma­jor Road Projects Au­thor­ity act­ing pro­gram di­rec­tor Su­sana Fueyo Suarez said the new bridge would bet­ter serve the com­mu­nity, re­duce con­ges­tion and de­liver a sec­ond river cross­ing for mo­torists.

‘‘About 20,000 ve­hi­cles use the ex­ist­ing bridge to travel be­tween

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Echuca and Moama each day, and 7.5 per cent of this traf­fic is made up of heavy ve­hi­cles,’’ Ms Fueyo Suarez said.

‘‘The sec­ond bridge cross­ing is ex­pected to re­duce this fig­ure by about 40 per cent, or 8000 fewer ve­hi­cles per day driv­ing on your streets.’’

Ms Fueyo Suarez said once com­plete, the new bridge would not have height re­stric­tions and would meet the needs of heavy freight ve­hi­cles and im­prove ac­cess for emer­gency ser­vices.

‘‘Once built, this new river cross­ing will pro­vide a safer and more ef­fi­cient jour­ney not just for peo­ple liv­ing in the area but also those trav­el­ling through,’’ Ms Fueyo Suarez said.

‘‘A new bridge means removing heavy traf­fic from the cen­tre of Echuca and re­duc­ing con­ges­tion to give lo­cal res­i­dents a bet­ter qual­ity of life.’’

The new bridge will have a sin­gle lane in each di­rec­tion and is ex­pected to meet the traf­fic de­mands for at least 30 years with the de­sign al­low­ing for ad­di­tional lanes to be added in the fu­ture.

The cross­ing will cre­ate 400 di­rect and more than 1000 indi­rect jobs.

Con­struc­tion of the new bridge will start later next year with com­ple­tion ex­pected in late 2021.

The $280 mil­lion project is jointly funded by the Aus­tralian, Vic­to­rian and NSW Gov­ern­ments.

Sub­mit­ted

PROGRESS: Con­struc­tion on War­ren St, pic­tured, is un­der­way. The road will be closed un­til mid-2019 to make way for the sec­ond stage of the bridge project. Photo:

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