New Sir Thomas Mitchell Bridge Officially Open
09 November 2013
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Maranoa
State Member for Warrego
The new bridge over the Maranoa River was officially commissioned today, providing a safer link between Mitchell and Roma, and South West Queensland communities.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss joined Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott, and State Member for Warrego, Howard Hobbs, to officially commission the Sir Thomas Mitchell Bridge at Mitchell on Saturday.
Mr Truss said the new bridge recognised the Australian and Queensland governments’ commitment to improving connectivity in South West Queensland, and ensured the important national route would remain passable during floods.
“The Sir Thomas Mitchell Bridge is a critical link on the Warrego Highway between Mitchell and Roma and the new crossing will significantly improve this national freight route,” Mr Truss said.
“The project was completed 12 months ahead of schedule…a significant achievement for all involved in its construction.
“The new bridge is almost one metre higher than the previous flood-damaged version, providing far greater flood immunity.
“It is also three metres wider, as well as stronger, to support bigger road trains than the original 1956 bridge.”
Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott said the new bridge opened to two-lane vehicle traffic and pedestrian use on 31 July this year.
“Further work, including landscaping and demolition of the old bridge was carried out in September, with the final seal to be applied to the highway in mid-November, weather permitting,” Mr Scott said.
The Member for Warrego, Howard Hobbs, called for the fast-tracking of the new bridge after it suffered significant structural damage during the floods of 2012, and after already being damaged in the 2011 floods.
“The second flooding hastened the works and helped determine the new height to protect usability in future flooding,” Mr Hobbs said.
The new Sir Thomas Mitchell Bridge is part of the $58 million upgrade to the Warrego Highway between Roma to Mitchell, with the Australian Government providing $44.1 million to the project.