Council to conduct Murray Downs Bridge Survey

The surveys, which will be mailed to Murray Downs residents this week, focus on whether the approved bridge crossing option meets the community’s safety and transportation needs.

Residents will be asked to provide a yes or no answer and their comments to the following question:

Do you believe that the current approved Option (9A) for a replacement Murray River bridge crossing at Swan Hill/Murray Downs meets the needs
of the Murray Downs community in improving safety and meeting the long term traffic needs of Murray Downs and the wider region including the provision for freight?

Wakool Shire Council General Manager Bruce Graham said the question was based around one of the project’s objectives relating to traffic and safety, identified in an environmental investigation report in June 2011.

“We understand that the Swan Hill Bridge Position Action Committee believes the objective of whether the crossing meets traffic and safety requirements should be given a bigger proportion of the weighting,” Mr Graham said.

“This survey will help determine whether the 9A option satisfies this particular objective for our Murray Downs community.”

The project’s other objectives relate to road design standards and navigation clearances, economic performance for Swan Hill and surrounds, residents’ amenity, Aboriginal cultural heritage, biodiversity and more.

Residents are asked to return their completed surveys via the self addressed envelope provided.