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Echuca-Moama bridge to open ahead of schedule

The largest transport infrastructure project in the region will open before Easter

The new Echuca-Moama bridge project is set to open to traffic months ahead of schedule before the upcoming Easter holidays.

The $323.7 million development is the largest transport infrastructure project in northern Victoria and southern New South Wales, connecting the Murray Valley Highway in Echuca with the Cobb Highway in Moama.

The Echuca-Moama region is about to unveil a second bridge

Locals and visitors are being invited by the Federal government to enjoy an early viewing of the new river crossing at a special community event on Sunday, April 10.

Visitors can get a unique view of the bridge and walk the new road before it officially opens to vehicles.

The Federal government says the new Echuca-Moama bridge will deliver travel and economic benefits to the region.

“We fought for the funding for the new Echuca-Moama bridge and we secured it, and now it’s the biggest transport infrastructure project this region has seen,” deputy PM Barnaby Joyce says.

“This is a once-in-a-generation project that will transform this region, keeping commuters moving and freight flowing to our ports, helping our nation get paid for the products we produce.”

According to the Federal government, the project has already supported more than 400 direct jobs and up to 1,400 indirect jobs during the construction process.

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The Victorian government says the new river crossing will be welcomed by the local communities of Echuca and Moama.

Victorian minister for transport infrastructure Jacinta Allan says: “The community has been waiting for decades for a second river crossing to better connect Echuca and Moama and we’re delighted to be able to deliver that for them months ahead of schedule.”

Workers have clocked more than 640,000 hours so far on stage three of the project alone, with the bridge being jointly funded by the Federal, Victorian and NSW governments.

The second Murray crossing complements a string of projects underway or completed on both sides of the border.

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