Preliminary designs on a new bridge for a key freight corridor in Northern Victoria have been approved following comprehensive planning investigations and community consultation.
A preferred option on the McCallum Street alignment will go ahead to augment the 124-year-old Swan Hill Bridge which has been a mainstay for agricultural as well as tourism industries and an important link between New South Wales and Victoria.
The future bridge, which will require final design approval from the local community, is part of the Federal Government’s $110 billion infrastructure investment pipeline.
Federal Member for Mallee Anne Webster said the new bridge would better connect communities with each other, as well as locals to job opportunities and vital services.
“The new bridge is vital for increased freight lines between southern New South Wales and Northern Victoria, connecting the region to the intermodal at Ultima, allowing better access to markets for an agriculture industry as we grow to $100 billion by 2030,” she said.
“The new bridge will also better open up our beautiful region to visitors, allowing us to take advantage of all those holidaying locally.”
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley welcomed the progress, saying the Australian Government was committed to delivering a safer, smoother road network for the local cross border community as well as interstate traffic and travellers.
“The past 12 months really has highlighted the need for an updated river crossing, and while it has been an exhaustive process to get to this point, I can‘t wait to see construction getting underway as soon as possible,” said Ley.
A community feedback summary report is now available on the project website, capturing individual feedback, comments and suggestions about the future bridge design. During the consultation period, 146 community submissions were provided.