An $11.5 million project is seeing a new Burnett River Bridge take shape, after the structure was washed away by floodwaters during Cyclone Marcia in 2015.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the bridge deck units were being installed at the Monto–Mount Perry Rd site in central Queensland.
He said the works were on track for completion by mid-2017, weather permitting.
“The $11.525 million project is supporting an average of 36 direct jobs during construction, which is a great boost for the area,” he said.
“The new bridge will be built wider to accommodate two lanes of traffic and the reinforced concrete structure will help to protect the bridge from future extreme weather.
“It is also being built higher than the previous bridge, with a better road alignment to give motorists greater visibility on Monto-Mount Perry Rd.
“My thanks goes out to the community for their cooperation while this important reconstruction work is delivered.”
Mr Bailey said that flood monitoring systems would remain in place on Monto–Mount Perry Rd throughout the wet season.
The Burnett River Bridge is being funded by the Palaszczuk Government with additional funding through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
Meanwhile, Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps has welcomed the completion of a $10 million upgrade to the Arnot Creek Bridge on the Bruce Highway, north of Ingham.
“The $10 million covered the initial planning and design work, removing the old bridge, providing a temporary crossing and the construction of the new bridge and approaches” Mr Cripps said.
“I worked hard to lock in the Queensland Government’s contribution before the last state election and lobbied the Federal Government to confirm its contribution.
“We had to secure this project, because a structural problem with the old bridge had seen the speed limit drop to 80 km/h for conventional vehicles and 60 km/h for heavy vehicles.
“This was a real issue for the flow of traffic on the Bruce Highway and the safety of the travelling public – I’m pleased the work we put in to deliver this upgrade has paid off”.