Work to start on replacement of Mackays Forgan Bridge

By: Jason Whittaker


The Queensland Government is devoting resources to building a new bridge in the Mackay region to reduce traffic congestion and

The Queensland Government is devoting resources to building a new bridge in the Mackay region to reduce traffic congestion and meet the demands of a growing region.

The Government has awarded a $127.9 million contract to Golding Contractor for the Forgan Bridge replacement project. The project will start this month with a scheduled completion date of May 2010.

The new bridge will be built in two parts, with the first phase being the construction of a two-lane bridge downstream from the current one. Following its completion, the current bridge will be demolished in favour of a second two-lane bridge.

"Once completed, the new bridge will improve congestion on the busy commuter route while also improving safety and network efficiency. It will also be able to accommodate increases in traffic," State Member for Mackay Tim Mulherin says.

This project also includes the construction of a new bridge over Barnes Creek and the upgrading of the Kooyong intersection.

Work on the Joint Levee Road, currently under construction, is being timed to link with the work at the Kooyong intersection.

"This project demonstrates the State Government's commitment to building an efficient and safe transport and traffic network to accommodate Mackay's future growth," Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt says.

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