News Date: 17 May 2017
Works to replace the Burnett River Bridge on Monto–Mount Perry Road which created 36 jobs have been completed with the new bridge opening to traffic tomorrow.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the new $11.5 million bridge would assist in keeping the community connected during serious weather events.
“We have used additional state funding to build the new bridge higher than the previous one, which means communities such as Eidsvold and Mount Perry will not be as significantly impacted as they have been in the past,” Mr Bailey said.
“Recent rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Debbie caused the Burnett River to rise to a similar level as it did in 2015 when the previous bridge washed away.
“Once the river levels subsided and it was safe for our crews to enter the work site, the partly constructed bridge was assessed and no damage was identified.”
In addition to replacing the bridge, the Palaszczuk Government also funded complementary improvements to the bridge and its approaches.
“We have made the new bridge wider to allow two lanes of traffic where it was previously only one,” Mr Bailey said.
“The new bridge is also built from reinforced concrete and is on a better alignment for improved visibility and safety.”
Mr Bailey said with the new bridge operational from tomorrow, the temporary infrastructure could now be removed.
“In 2015 we constructed a temporary river crossing to keep local communities connected while the replacement bridge was under construction,” he said.
“We will be removing the crossing and restoring the river bank to its previous condition.
“We had also installed flood monitoring devices to provide advanced road closure warning to motorists. These will also be removed.”
Mr Bailey thanked the local community for their support and patience while the reconstruction works were completed.
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