Union Bridge work starts

29 October 2013

Safety screens installation work starts on Union Bridge

Motorist and pedestrian safety will soon be improved on the Union Bridge at Albury with safety screen installation work starting this week.

The NSW Government provided $900,000 to install safety screens which aim to reduce risk of injuries from people jumping off the bridge into the Murray River and endangering other road users.

“Roads and Maritime Services fast tracked the improvements to the bridge on the old Hume Highway near Oddies Creek Park to ensure community safety after representations from Albury Council and NSW Police,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“People continue this dangerous activity, sometimes running across the northbound traffic lanes to jump the pedestrian railing. It’s an accident waiting to happen.

“The safety screens aim to improve safety for motorists travelling from Albury and Wodonga needing to avoid people running across the lanes.

“Roads and Maritime carried out community consultation last year on the safety upgrade with stakeholder feedback considered in selecting the screen design.

“A heritage and visual impact assessment of the existing bridge and surrounds was also carried out as part of the work,” the spokesperson said.

Work to install the screens is scheduled to start on 1 November and be completed by mid December. Early work to mount bolts on the bridge so the screens can be installed was recently completed.

Motorists are advised of lane closures and short delays on and approaching the bridge while the work is carried out on weekdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Some night work may be required.

Roads and Maritime thanks motorists for their patience while the work is carried out.

Wet weather may change work dates and times.

Traffic control and reduced speed limits will be in place to ensure the safety of workers and road users.

Motorists are advised to plan their journey, allow extra travel time and follow all signs.

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CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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