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Imminent bridge announcement

Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.

TRENT HORNEMAN July 30, 2014 12:30pm

Echuca-Moama bridge


Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
 
The Riverine Herald understands Mr Ryan and Mr Walsh will join Member for Rodney Paul Weller to announce the mid-west option as the government’s preferred route for a second Murray River crossing in Echuca-Moama.
 
The mid-west route starts at the Murray Valley Hwy, heads north-east along Warren St, before diverting across the Campaspe River and across the former Echuca High School site, through to the proposed location for the new Murray River bridge.
 
From there the new roadway would connect with the Cobb Hwy in Moama, next to Lions Park.
 
The mid-west route had the least environmental and cultural heritage impacts of the three proposed options, mid-west, mid-west 2a and mid-west 2b, outlined in an Environment Effects Statement.
 
The Riverine Herald also understands Mr Ryan will announce a significant investment to allow initial works to start.
 
With a preferred route chosen and initial works set to begin, the Victorian Government can now finalise a business case for the proposed new bridge ready to be submitted to the Federal Government for its consideration.
 
With a commitment from the Victorian and NSW governments, a second river crossing is now a significant step closer.
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