Sep 18, 2020

Concrete future for old bridges under renewal plan

Concrete future for old bridges under renewal plan

Two bridges on Casuarina Rd, Midgee, outside Rockhampton are getting a much-needed upgrade thanks to nearly $800,000 of funding from the Australian Government Bridge Renewal Program and the local council.

Contractor CASA Engineering is carrying out the work on the Swan Creek and Serpentine Creek bridges.

They are some of the last to be updated to concrete bridges as part of a gradual process by Rockhampton Regional Council to upgrade rural timber bridges in the region.

Load limits on the old bridges means access has previously been restricted for trucks needing to reach properties past the bridges.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said the funding from the Australian Government would allow the old structures to be replaced with concrete bridges to bring them up to modern standards.

“We are fortunate to have received $328,575 in Australian Government funding, and are looking forward to seeing the finished bridges in early November,” Mayor Strelow said.

“Over the last few years, council has been working away to slowly upgrade all of our older, rural bridges to bring them up to today’s standards and the bridges at Swan Creek and Serpentine Creek are some of the last remaining ones to be replaced.”

Construction commenced on August 31 and the new bridges are expected to be ready to use by early November.

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