New Echuca Moama bridge a step closer
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Construction of the new Echuca Moama bridge is another step closer with roundabout works set to begin, Nationals State Leader and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh says.
Mr Walsh congratulated Echuca company RECivil, which has been awarded the contract to build a new roundabout at the intersection of Warren Street and the Murray Valley Highway in Echuca as part of the new bridge project.
“The Warren St intersection is an important gateway connecting communities and businesses between Echuca and towns along the Murray River, and Moama in New South Wales,” Mr Walsh said.
“When locals see this work start, they will finally be able to see the project that the Liberal Nationals started in 2014 is going ahead.”
The former Victorian Liberal Nationals government committed $96 million for the bridge project in July 2014, but the project stalled under Labor.
In 2016, Member for Murray Damian Drum and Minister for Infrastructure Darren Chester secured a further $97 million from the Commonwealth because, like the Victorian Liberal Nationals, the Federal Liberal Nationals recognise the importance of a second river crossing for Echuca Moama.
“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.
“It is The Nationals in government, both at a state and federal level, that brought this project to fruition after years of Labor governments stalling and delaying.”