In 2020, McElligotts had the pleasure of working on what is currently the largest transport infrastructure project in northern Victoria. The project, due to be completed in mid-2022, is the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project, which is delivering a much anticipated second crossing between the towns of Echuca and Moama over the Murray and Campaspe rivers. This $323.7 million project (Stages 1 to 4) is jointly funded by the Australian, Victoria and NSW Governments.
Currently, the existing Murray River Bridge, built in 1878, is the only structure that links the Victorian town of Echuca with the NSW town of Moama. A second crossing will make it quicker and easier to travel across the Campaspe and Murray rivers, for residents, interstate travellers, freight operators and tourists in the region.
The project construction includes two road bridges, two flood relief structures, and a shared-use bridge (over the Campaspe River) connecting to a 4.5 kilometre shared walking and cycling path.
McElligotts partnered with the Launceston-based steel fabricator Haywards, head contractor McConnell Dowell, and Major Roads Projects Victoria (MRPV) on the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project. We were responsible for the abrasive blasting and application of the protective coatings to the bridge sections using an Akzonobel three-coat system – epoxy zinc, high build epoxy and polyurethane finish. Accessing the bridge sections can get quite high, so a rolling scaffold was constructed to assist works to the internal surfaces and another scaffolding was constructed to assist works to the external surfaces of the structure.
McElligotts is proud to have been involved with such an incredible project. The Echuca-Moama Bridge Project delivered by MRPV and Transport for NSW (Stage 4) will connect the Murray Valley Highway and Warren Street on the Echuca side of the river with the Cobb Highway at Perricoota Rd in Moama.