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.

Overview

Stage 3 of the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project involves building a new link road between Echuca and Moama. The new link road includes:

  • a new two-lane road (one lane in each direction) with sealed shoulders north of the new roundabout on Warren Street in Echuca to the Cobb Highway in Moama
  • new bridge over the Murray River and floodplain
  • new bridge over the Campaspe River and floodplain
  • two new flood relief bridges
  • safety barriers
  • noise walls
  • a new safe and scenic shared walking and cycling path along the route and over the new bridges.

The bridges will integrate with the surrounding natural environment, with a simple and clean ‘bridges through the treetops’ design, and clear spans over the two rivers will minimise environmental disturbance to the waterway and aquatic habitat.

McConnell Dowell was awarded the contract to build Stage 3. Works started in March 2020 and are expected to be completed by mid-2022.

Piling works underway

We’ve cleared vegetation between Warren Street in Echuca and Boundary Road in Moama, with earthworks for the main embankments now underway.

We’ve started building the foundations for the new bridges across the Campaspe and Murray rivers, as well as the two flood relief bridges. To do this we’re driving reinforced concrete columns - known as piles - to depths of around 40 metres, 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. Each pile is up to 15 metres long and weighs up to five tonnes.

We’re operating a total of three piling rigs to hammer over 550 piles into the ground. To do this we’re driving the piles, sometimes up to several stacked atop of each other, into the ground, at depths of around 40 metres, using a combination of cranes, piling rigs, vibrating hammers and drop hammers.

It’ll take up to 30 minutes to drive each pile into the ground, depending on ground conditions and weather.

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

We’re using the best available technologies to minimise noise and vibration. We’re also closely monitoring the noise, vibration and air quality during piling to ensure we keep impacts to a minimum.

We expect to complete piling in September 2020.

One of three piling rigs being used on Stage 3

Video

View an artist's impression of the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project - Stage 3 when complete.

Artist's impressions

The new bridge over the Murray River, looking north

New bridge over the Murray River (artist impression – subject to change).

New bridge over the Campaspe River

New bridge over the Campaspe River with separated walking and cycling path (artist impression – subject to change).

Habitat improvement works

During late 2019, we installed two types of additional habitat hollows in Victoria Park: traditional nest boxes and carved hollows to provide more shelter for local wildlife. This was in preparation for the start of major works on Stage 3.

For more information about these works visit our Environment page.

Helping local suppliers

If your business is interested in supplying services to the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project, you can formally register your interest via the Industry Capability Network Victoria (ICN) Gateway process.

The purpose of the ICN Gateway is to encourage established, capable, competent, competitive and qualified suppliers to register their interest in supplying services or materials for Stage 3 of the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project.

To register, please visit the ICN Gateway website.

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