VEC Civil Engineering is starting work on a $6 million bridge project to improve safety and flood immunity on the Peak Downs Mine Access Rd.
The Cherwell Creek Bridge Replacement project is expected to be complete by the end of August.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the new bridge would be constructed beside the existing structure.
“Motorists driving between Moranbah and Dysart or accessing the surrounding mines won’t be impacted during early construction phases,” she said.
“The project will increase the deck height by approximately 7m to provide a Q100 flood immunity.”
Cr Baker said the existing bridge flooded regularly in major rain events and was closed as recently as July last year.
“A further benefit this project will deliver for motorists is improved traffic flow,” she said.
“This is due to the widening of the bridge to 10m and increased speed limit of 100km up from 60km.
“Contractors from VEC Civil Engineering are setting up equipment at the site this week, with work to begin within the next two weeks.”
Cr Baker said the project was made possible thanks to federal funding received from Round Two of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme (BRP).
“Council matched the Australian Government funding of $2.75 million and contributed a further $500,000,” she said.
“We are proud to begin work on the bridge replacement as promised in the 2016-17 ‘Connecting Our Communities’ Budget.”
For more details visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au or call Council’s 24/7 Customer Service Centre on 1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227).