QLD Government opens new bridge to benefit heavy vehicles

By: Jason Whittaker


The Queensland Government will this week open a new multi-million dollar bridge south-west of Mackay to accommodate heavy vehicles in

The Queensland Government will this week open a new multi-million dollar bridge south-west of Mackay to accommodate heavy vehicles in the region.

Construction of a new $7.9 million bridge over Sandy Creek on Homebush Road is now complete, built as part of the Regional Bridge Renewal program.

The program involves the replacement of ageing and obsolete bridges with structures able to accommodate current and future freight load demands.

"There are now about 1400 vehicles, 14 per cent of which are heavy vehicles, travelling along Homebush Road each day, so it was important that the bridge was of a standard that could accommodate this traffic," Minister for Main Roads Warren Pitt says.

The Government expects immediate benefits to flow from the bridge because of its importance to surrounding regions.

"Work was carried out by Basic Constructions and the bridge is now 147 metres long and stands 6.4 metres higher than the old bridge. It's an important structure that will greatly improve traffic flow in the region," Pitt says

"Homebush Road has become an important industry route between Paget, Eton and the Peak Downs Highway to the coalfields west of Mackay."

The new bridge is one of many projects the Government will undertake to remove all timber bridges on the state-controlled road network.

Pitt says the new bridge was constructed on a new alignment to improve safety, efficiency and flood immunity.

Timber and parts from the old bridge will be recycled and used on other timber bridges in the Mackay area once it is demolished next month.

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