TEST drilling along the alignment of the future Echuca-Moama bridge is already progressing well, according to VicRoads.
Project director Nigel Power said that the drilling was being carried out so that there was a ‘‘clear picture’’ of the soils with which his team would be working when building the bridge piers.
‘‘The contractors have so far completed around seven drilling bores (which are all between 35 and 50 metres in depth),’’ he said.
‘‘The test drilling has so far found the ground conditions to be quite variable, with layers of sand and clays in all the bore sites.
This variability is normal and expected for soils around rivers.
‘‘The contractors are now planning to begin testing the soils in closer proximity to the river banks — probably within the next two weeks — and weather and conditions permitting, all test drilling activities are scheduled to be completed by mid June.’’
Echuca-Moama has been waiting for a new bridge for more than 50 years, a need which has multiplied in recent years because of a growing population and more demand on the narrow crossing.
Once built it is expected to carry 8000 vehicles per day and create 4200 jobs for the community.
Test drilling for pylon placement started early April while works are expected to start on the Murray Valley Hwy and Warren St roundabout this month and be completed early next year.
The $280 million project is jointly funded by the Australian, Victorian and NSW governments.