Rollingstone bridge reopens to local traffic
07 September 2016
Joint release with:
Senator for Queensland
Mayor of Townsville
Rollingstone residents again have access to their much loved local bridge with today's official re-opening following an $850,000 upgrade project.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the bridge had been temporarily closed last year for major repairs, which have been carried out under a joint funding arrangement between the Australian Government and Townsville City Council.
"The completion of this project recognises that for many years, local residents and emergency services have relied on the bridge as a safe and convenient way to cross Rollingstone Creek without having to go around via the Bruce Highway," Mr Chester said.
"Today's re-opening will save locals time and money and is another success story for the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme."
Mayor of Townsville Cr Jenny Hill said the works were necessary after the bridge was closed in April 2015 due to structural damage caused by white ants and dry rot.
"Local Townsville firm Civil Plus worked extensively on the bridge which included replacing the deck structure, strengthening the southern abutment, repairing the existing headstocks and installing signage and a vehicle height restriction structure," Cr Hill said.
"This project was also completed for well under original estimates in excess of $1 million, which is a great result as the Council can now reallocate unused Council funds to other important community projects."
Representing Minister Chester at today's opening, Senator Ian Macdonald said upgrading local roads and bridges was critical for people living and working in regional communities, particularly those in north Queensland.
"This Commonwealth Government Programme is a huge boost, particularly for local authorities who know the desperate need for bridge repair and renewal in their local communities," Senator Macdonald said.
The total cost of the $850,000 project was funded jointly with the Australian Government contributing $425,000 under its Bridges Renewal Programme and Townsville City Council contributing $425,000.