Construction of the Echuca-Moama bridge is expected to be completed by mid-2022 with the bridge spans expected to connect for the first time in late 2021.
This stage will see construction of new bridges across the Campaspe and Murray rivers and other improvements such as safety barriers and shared walking and cycling path on the new bridges.
With travel restrictions bolstering ‘holidays at home’, the Echuca-Moama bridge is expected to build local communities and tourism around Echuca.
Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister commented, “Of course, if COVID has taught us one thing, it’s that you can holiday at home and have a great time, and that’s what we are encouraging.”
“That’s what we are promoting at the moment. And when we can put in place the infrastructure that’s going to promote and enhance these liveable places, these tourist destination meccas, then it’s got to be a good thing,” McCormack said.
The $323.7 million project is jointly funded by the federal, Victorian and New South Wales (NSW) Governments. The bridge will be the second Murray River crossing constructed, aimed to link the towns of Echuca, Victoria and Moama, NSW.
This project is currently employing over 400 people with over 1,000 indirect jobs also being created. The bridge’s inputs and materials are also 97 to 98 per cent Australian made.
According to McCormack, more bridges across the Murray River are in the works, as part of the federal governments $110 billion investment into infrastructure.
“We want to make sure that we work with State Governments. We’ve partnered with both sides of the river – New South Wales and Victoria – to build the infrastructure that Australians need, expect, want and, most of all, deserve,” said McCormack.