Jumping gap to be closed on Albury's Union Bridge

A GAP being exploited by teenagers jumping from Albury’s Union Bridge will be closed by road workers today.

The NSW Roads and Maritime Service will block the opening next to a recently installed safety barrier on the western side of the Murray River bridge.

“These works are to seal a gap adjacent to the safety barrier which is being used by young people to gain access to pylons at the Union Bridge,” member for Albury Greg Aplin said.

A northbound lane of the bridge will be closed from 10am to 2pm today to allow the works to be completed.

The Border Mail yesterday published photographs showing how boys and girls were sliding through the gap before jumping into the river.

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Mr Aplin reiterated his disappointment at the behaviour.

“It is disappointing that funds need to be continually spent to prevent individuals from taking unacceptable risks,” Mr Aplin said.

“The police say an on-the-spot fine of $690 can be imposed on those caught jumping from this location.

“I am very sure their parents would not be pleased if their son or daughter came home and presented them with the fine.”

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