A second Murray River crossing connecting Echuca and Moama is one step closer with a contractor appointed to build the new bridge.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was in Echuca today to announce McConnell Dowell will carry out stage 3 of the project, including construction of the new bridge which will begin next year.
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the second crossing would make a real difference for the Murray River towns.
“I’m thrilled to see this project rolling into the next stage which takes us closer to having a second crossing between Echuca and Moama that will take trucks off our main street and improve the flow of traffic in busy periods,” Mr Walsh said.
“Completion of the Warren Street roundabout and road upgrade have improved safety at this busy intersection and laid the foundations for this part of town to cater for the change in traffic once the new bridge is complete.”
Mr Walsh said the new bridge would also save locals travelling long distances to get over the river if traffic needed to be diverted.
“The new bridge is a desperately-needed, major infrastructure project for our community that is vital to easing congestion on the current bridge and making sure liveability in our region continues as our population grows,” Mr Walsh said.
“The Federal Liberal Nationals have shown strong support for seeing this project delivered.
“After the former Liberal Nationals government tipped in Victoria’s share, I’m pleased to see this project is now pushing ahead into the construction phase.”
The $323.7 million Echuca-Moama Bridge Project is jointly funded by the Australian, Victorian and New South Wales Governments.