New bridge to meet growing freight task

By: Jason Whittaker


The Queensland Government has opened a new bridge east of the Burnett Highway in order to meet the growing freight

The Queensland Government has opened a new bridge east of the Burnett Highway in order to meet the growing freight task and the use of heavy vehicles in North Queensland.

Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt says the new concrete bridge over Philpott Creek, 13km east of Mundubbera, is now open to traffic.

According to Pitt, the bridge is a necessary upgrade due to the importance of the Burnett Highway to the freight task.
"The Burnett Highway serves as a vital inland transport…route," he says.
"The new concrete bridge, which is located on the same alignment as the old bridge, will cater for growing traffic volumes as well as heavier loads using the highway."

The bridge, which is wider and has a design life of 100 years, replaces the old timber bridge that had been built in 1958.

The project is part of the $126.5 million state-funded Southern Queensland Accelerated Road Rehabilitation Program.

Main Roads is in the process of replacing 31 timber bridges from Stanthorpe to north of Bundaberg, with new concrete structures due for completion by the end of 2009.

"Other major bridge replacements in the South Burnett area include Boonara Creek bridge 4 at Boobyjan, Nangur Creek bridges 2 and 3, Barambah Creek bridge and Crooked Creek bridge at Goomeri," Pitt says.

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