WORK to install safety screens along Albury-Wodonga’s iconic Union Bridge is under way.
Workers could yesterday be seen dangling from the bridge over the mighty Murray as they prepared for the high-reaching guards to be fitted — just in time for summer.
The guards are intended to stop people being able to jump over the edge and into the river below.
The project, which is funded by NSW Roads and Maritime Services and is being completed by Albury construction company Macfab, is due to be finished by the end of next month.
Macfab senior project co-ordinator Nick Nikitas said workers had started core drilling this week and should be done by the beginning of next week.
They would then finish the remaining preparation works this month, ready to install the screens over a period of about two to three weeks.
Mr Nikitas acknowledged children might not be appreciative of Macfab’s efforts — for spoiling a summer past time.
“The kids are not going to like me any more,” he said.
“But it’s for their own safety.”