Brisbane firm Doval Constructions has begun work to replace a 78-year-old bridge on the Burnett Highway near Eidsvold.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the timber Lochaber Creek Bridge would be demolished to make way for a stronger and wider concrete structure.
“This is a $9.7 million project, funded equally by the federal and state governments,” Mr McCormack said.
“The existing bridge has narrow traffic lanes and requires regular maintenance to keep it in a safe and useable condition.
“The new bridge will be safer, more reliable and better suited to the vehicle types and traffic volumes using it.”
Doval Constructions expects the new bridge to open by the middle of the year.
Meanwhile, a $5 million dredging project that will deliver all-tide access at Molongle Creek boat ramp, near Gumlu in North Queensland, is progressing.
Land has been purchased near the creek to provide a suitable location for a dredge spoil disposal area.