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
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
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.
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: