As part of the largest transport infrastructure project in northern Victoria, we’re building a second Murray River crossing to connect Echuca and Moama to make it quicker and easier for you to travel across the Campaspe and Murray rivers.

Start of piling works

From late May until October 2020, we’ll be building the foundations for the new bridges using a construction technique known as piling.

Piling involves driving pre-cast concrete piles into the ground using a combination of cranes, piling rigs, vibrating hammers and drop hammers.

Piles are reinforced concrete columns that help to evenly transfer the weight of the bridge structure to create a strong foundation.

Piling Rig

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Each pile is up to 15 metres long and weighs up to five tonnes. The Project will be operating a total of three piling rigs to hammer over 550 piles into the ground, at depths of around 40 metres.

During piling there will be high levels of repetitive noise and some vibration during the hammering of each pile.

We’ll use the best available technologies to minimise noise and vibration. We’ll also monitor noise, vibration and air quality to ensure we keep impacts to a minimum.

The map below shows you Stage 3 piling locations.

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Changes to Forbes Street

We’re closing Forbes Street at Boundary Road permanently from Monday 4 May to make way for the new bridge over the Murray River.

The map below shows you how you can find your way around the area.

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Changes to Victoria Park and Scenic Drive access

To prepare for construction of the new river crossing, we’ll be changing the way you access Victoria Park and Scenic Drive so we can so begin major construction for the new bridges over the Campaspe and Murray rivers.

These changes will begin from Friday 17 April and remain in place until mid-2022.

The map below shows you how you can find your way around the area.

Victoria-Park-Scenic-Dr-access-map

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Campaspe Esplanade permanent closure

To prepare for construction of the new river crossing, on Wednesday 8 April 2020, we closed Campaspe Esplanade permanently between Hansen and Warren Streets so we can connect Warren Street to the new bridges over the Campaspe and Murray rivers.

For details about the local traffic detours, see the map below.

Campaspe Esplanade closure

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Update on Stages 3 and 4

Major works on Stages 3 and 4 are ramping up in June and July 2020.

In Echuca we’ll:

  • continue piling to build the foundations for the new Campaspe River bridge near Warren Street and the new Murray River bridge near the Victoria Park boat ramp area
  • continue hauling soil into Victoria Park for the earthworks needed to form the embankments
  • work from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

In Moama we’ll:

  • continue relocating underground utilities including water, sewer, raw water mains, electrical and communications services
  • complete under road gas connections on Perricoota Road
  • start piling to build the foundations for the new Murray River bridge near the riverbank
  • continue building stormwater drainage for the new intersections at Meninya Street and Perricoota Road
  • work from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

We might change the timing of these works depending on weather and ground conditions. Additionally, we might need to undertake some works at night. We’ll let you know in advance if this needs to happen.

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