An alternative route when the bridge is closed

October 17, 2016

The gum tree that blocked the bridge earlier this month.

Recently a falling tree closed the Echuca-Moama bridge for more than four hours, stranding hundreds of people on the wrong side of the river well into the night.

While there is no indication the river will follow that up by closing the bridge again, one Echuca man has gone to some effort to produce a ‘what to do…’ option for any time the bridge is suddenly closed.

And that is to provide a detailed map for taking the Barmah alternative.

Peter Green has printed his map on handy magnetic cards, and it offers the trip both ways – Echuca to Moama and Moama to Echuca.

From KFC to KFC he has rigorously tested his route and its takes an average one hour and 15 minutes, covering 109km.

Which for many people, when the tree fell at 5.15pm last week, would far and away have been the better choice, rather than sitting around hoping things would move faster – and they didn’t.

The route from Echuca takes you along the Murray Valley Hwy, through Wyuna, across McCoy’s Bridge, skips around Kotupna, you turn left at the Barmah 25km sign, follow the Barmah to Shepparton Rd to Barmah, cross the Murray just past Barmah and keep going until you hit the Cobb Hwy, turn left and you are on your way home.

Going the other way, just reverse the route.

If you want a copy, contact Peter on 0428 505 402.

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