McElligotts Tas had the pleasure of working on an important piece of infrastructure in 2020. The project was the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project, which is the long anticipated second crossing between the towns of Echuca and Moama over the Murray and Campaspe rivers that is due to be completed in 2022.
Currently, the Murray River Bridge is the only structure that links the Victorian town of Echuca with the New South Wales town of Moama, which opened in 1878. For decades now, there has been a demand for a new bridge, and since 2018, the Australian, Victorian, and New South Wales governments have contributed $323.7 million towards the construction of a second crossing.
There will be two bridges – one for vehicles and one for pedestrians – and once completed, they will reduce congestion and offer better access between the two towns.
McElligotts Tas partnered with the Launceston-based steel fabricator Haywards, head contractor McConnell Dowell, and VicRoads 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 are proud to have been involved with such an incredible project. The Echuca-Moama Bridge Project will connect the Murray Valley Highway and Warren St on the Echuca side of the river with the Cobb Highway at Perricoota Rd in Moama.