COROWA Council has tried to break the impasse on the $80 million Yarrawonga-Mulwala bridge replacement due to completed by 2020.
The council yesterday re-affirmed its support for the “grey route” across Lake Mulwala nearby the existing road bridge.
Corowa and Moira councils have been in talks about coming up with a united position on the three short-listed routes.
Moira hasn’t declared publicly its favoured route, but unofficially has backed the “green route” alongside the railway crossing near the weir bridge which is earmarked for closure by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.
The weir bridge is used by heavy vehicles travelling between Yarrawonga and Mulwala.
The “green route” would cause least disruption to waterfront property owners in Irvine Parade on the Victorian side.
Corowa general manger Bruce Corcoran attended a recent meeting with NSW Roads and Maritime Services, VicRoads and Moira Council.
He gained unanimous support from the council yesterday to take steps to snap the deadlock.
They included support for the “grey route” and taking no ownership or responsibility of the current bridge.
“Here we are well into 2013 and wanting the thing built by 2020,” Mr Corcoran said.
“But we’ve got Buckley’s because there is no funding agreed to.”
The council decided if it and Moira couldn’t agree on the same route the decision be left to RMS and VicRoads to enable funding applications to be prepared.
The grey route would have minimal impact on Mulwala residents as the approach to the new bridge would stay on the Melbourne Street alignment.
Mr Corcoran raised some issues of the green route option for Yarrawonga residents.
An estimated 80 per cent of traffic using the old bridge was local.