Yarrawonga Chronicle

Last chance to have your say on new bridge

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Locals are being urged to provide feedback on the preferred alignment for a new bridge crossing over Lake Mulwala before online survey closes this Friday, July 30.

Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastruc­ture Jacinta Allan has urged local to provide feedback which would help drive planning for a new bridge to best meet the communitie­s’ needs.

“We would like to better understand community issues, concerns and what residents’ value about each option as part of our planning process for a new bridge that will help improve congestion and safety issues associated with heavy vehicles using Belmore Street through the Yarrawonga CBD,” Ms Allan said.

“We’re calling for community feedback to help us progress planning for a new bridge, which will not only create a more accessible crossing of Lake Mulwala for freight operators, but will also eliminate ongoing maintenanc­e costs of the old bridge.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Mulwala Bridge has been a vital transport link between the twin towns of Mulwala in NSW and Yarrawonga in Victoria since it was built in 1924.

“The NSW and Victorian Government­s are working closely to deliver a safer, more reliable crossing for the 11,000 motorists who use it daily,” Mr Toole said.

“In 2015, the Victorian Department of Transport led investigat­ions to identify the best location for a new river crossing which endorsed the grey route as the preferred option of both the Victorian and NSW Government at that time.

“However, we know since then there’s been growing support from communitie­s on both sides of the border for the green route which is why we’re coming back to the community with detailed informatio­n on both options for their feedback.”

While planning for the new bridge continues, the NSW Government is powering ahead with $3.45 million of essential maintenanc­e work, including repairing a damaged steel support structure, improving the pedestrian footpath, and upgrading the barrier rail to improve safety and reduce the need for ongoing maintenanc­e of the bridge.

Submission­s can be made through an online portal, or by email, post or phone until 30 July.

The community will be able to submit feedback within the mapping tool to specific areas along both routes. Or you can email: murrayrive­rcrossing@transport.nsw.gov.au or post you feedback to

New Mulwala Bridge project team, PO Box 484, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650.

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