Queensland highway bridges project underway


Four bridges along the Peak Downs Highway will be replaced with concrete structures

Queensland highway bridges project underway
Transport minister Darren Chester says the new bridges will help improve productivity of mining operations in the region.

 

The $70 million project to upgrade four timber bridges on the Peak Downs Highway between Mackay and Clermont is now underway.

The project is part of the federal government’s $35 million funding commitment under the Bridges Renewal Programme.

Jointly funded by the federal and the Queensland governments on a 50:50 basis, the project aims to improve safety and efficiency for freight operators and local residents.

Transport and infrastructure minister Darren Chester says the new bridges will help improve productivity of mining operations in the Bowen and Galilee Basins and underpin local job security and economic stability.

"This project will address limitations in the region’s freight transport network, improve safety and flood resilience, and support local businesses and industries by creating better connectivity in regional areas," Chester says.

Queensland main roads and road safety minister Mark Bailey says the timber bridges at Fiery, Lonely, Boundary and Cut creeks will be replaced with concrete structures.

"The new bridges will improve the safety, capacity and reliability of the Peak Downs Highway, particularly for the heavy vehicle and freight industries," Bailey says.

"The new concrete bridges will be over 10 metres wide, improving safety for the large number of over-sized vehicles using the Peak Downs Highway."

State member for Mirani Jim Pearce says the bridges will be built on new alignments, separate to the existing highway to minimise the impact on motorists.

"The new bridges will be able to withstand a one-in-50-year flood, reducing the impact of severe weather on Central Queenslanders," Pearce says.

"This is the largest investment in an individual package of works under the programme and it will be put to very good use by replacing the four bridges," federal member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says.

"This is a massive investment in our region which is not only a win for those looking for jobs, but will also be a business boost for the mining industry as it will improve heavy vehicle and freight movements."

The project is expected to completed in late 2018.

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