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Murray Irrigation bridge works to affect local traffic

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Murray Irrigation has recommenced bridge works this week, and is urging drivers to slow down and follow all traffic management instructions to ensure the safety of staff and road users.

The bridge remediation works have focused on Jerilderie and Berrigan this week and will move to Finley, Blighty and Tocumwal over subsequent weeks.

Speed restrictions are in place, slowing traffic to 40km/h when crossing bridges in order to mitigate the risk to the public and ensure the safety of Murray Irrigation staff and contractors.

Executive general manager infrastructure Lachlan Knight said it was important that drivers take the traffic control measures seriously and that safety restrictions would be enforced.

‘‘We acknowledge the inconvenience traffic restrictions can have on road users, but it’s vital that these are adhered to for the safety of our staff and drivers.

‘‘On some sites, work will be completed underneath the bridge, meaning staff won’t be visible to drivers, so we ask that drivers slow down, follow signs and be alert.

‘‘On some bridges we will be doing deck work so vehicles could be reduced to one lane or temporary detours put in place,’’ he said.

Local police will be enforcing traffic restrictions throughout the project, with several fines already issued during winter works earlier this year.

‘‘Everyone has the right to feel safe in their work environment, knowing that they can make it safely home to their families at the end of the day,’’ Mr Knight said.

The program is a continuation of the winter works and is part of Murray Irrigation’s three-year maintenance schedule to ensure reliable water is delivered safely to customers.

Customers and road users are encouraged to call Murray Irrigation’s customer support team on 1300 138 265 if they have any questions or concerns.