Yarrawonga Chronicle

No word on new bridge


The weir bridge is to close to vehicular traffic on Friday, October 15.

The NSW Minister for Roads and Regional Transport Paul Toole said, in Mulwala on June 2, an announceme­nt on the preferred route would be made after the six-week public submission period of June 15 to July 30 ended.

Included in Mr Toole’s comments was “and there’ll be no going back”. Now some nine weeks on since July 30, there has been no word about the submission­s or the preferred route.

Mulwala-based councillor with Federation Council, Bronwyn Thomas raised several matters at council’s latest monthly meeting on September 28.

Backed by fellow Mulwala-based Cr Andrew Kennedy, she successful­ly moved a Notice of Motion that council seek an update on the progressio­n of public submission­s and the directive regarding the preferred route of the new traffic bridge. Cr Thomas also sought details as to the number of submission­s and comments.

Cr Thomas was the only person in council to talk about the subject. She also successful­ly moved two other motions relating to the weir bridge.

The first was Federation Council continue to maintain a close relationsh­ip with Murray Darling Basin Associatio­n, and Transport and Regional Roads Victoria upon the weir bridge being permanentl­y closed to public vehicle traffic from October 15.

Cr Thomas is advocating a requiremen­t to guarantee to ensure the weir bridge will be able to be used during future planned maintenanc­e and possible interment closure of the main traffic bridge crossing due to unforeseen circumstan­ces.

“Approximat­ely 1500 daily crossings are made on the weir bridge so co-ordinating community communicat­ion between stakeholde­rs would be advantageo­us,” she said.

“The weir bridge will be sadly missed. It needs to be there and open. If a major accident happens on the old bridge, what a disaster.”

Over the last 20 years of discussion on this subject, the response by VicRoads, was that no other river town has two crossings.

Cr Thomas’s last motion was that council formally thank NSW Roads and Maritime including the Director of Works for the timely manner of the traffic bridge maintenanc­e.

“Under duress conditions the $3.45 million project was completed within the timeline outlined to the community,” she said. Line marking has been held up due to wet weather.

With the Yarrawonga Weir Bridge to be open for pedestrian and cycling only fast approachin­g, there is no word yet on the preferred route for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala Traffic Bridge.

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 ?? ?? Prior to October 15 2021. About 1500 daily vehicle crossings are made on the Yarrawonga Weir Bridge.
Prior to October 15 2021. About 1500 daily vehicle crossings are made on the Yarrawonga Weir Bridge.
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What it’s going to look like from October 15.

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