Lake View Branch Canal expansion project nears finish line
Murrumbidgee Irrigation’s (MI) Lake View Branch Canal (LVBC) expansion project is nearing completion, after some recent delays due to welcome rain.
The rain has meant the finish date for the works has now been pushed out a week to the 19 August. Fraser Road bridge will be reopening Friday afternoon (14 August), subject to structural safety standards being met, to reduce the inconvenience to customers.
Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) General Manager, Asset Delivery, Jody Rudd, explained that the entire project was run over two consecutive winter periods to minimise the impacts on supply to irrigators in the area.
“This year’s program of works was also broken into three stages to ensure limited impact on customer access to water during the construction phase,” he said.
“The stages were developed based on where we could isolate supply and to minimise the number of customers impacted at each stage and keep the outages to the shortest possible timeframes."
There have been some traffic disruptions in the area over the course of the works, and Mr Rudd thanked the community for their patience.
“We have been conscious that works can impact people who live, work and travel in the area,” he said.
“A key focus has been to ensure the safety of the community, with traffic control plans in place. Of course, we are aware that the recent rain has added to the inconvenience of local residents having further to travel on muddy roads.”
“We have done our best to be proactive in keeping customers informed through SMS messages, weekly email updates and keeping our website up to date with all the works across the region.”
The completion of the works over the next week will provide MIA irrigators with a more responsive system, better equipped to adapt to changing conditions.
“This project will enable us to deliver the water customers want when they require it, significantly improving the efficiency of the LVBC and further supporting our customers to be agile and strategic in their businesses,” Mr Rudd explained.
Stage 1 of the LVBC expansion project was delivered during the 2019 winter works period and involved the upgrade of regulators, bridges and escapes. Stage 2 works included:
- Increase the capacity of twelve regulators along the LVBC and the removal of one regulator
- Upgrade seven bridges/ access culverts along the LVBC
- Removing six access culverts to mitigate restrictions in line with the MI bridges and culverts guidelines.
- Increase the height of the sills on the escapes, areas of low banks and some sumps along the channel.