Two new bridges for Kandanga under Bridges Renewal Programme
18 January 2016
Two troublesome bridges near Kandanga will be replaced thanks to almost $1.9 million from Round Two of the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme.
The Goomong Road bridge and another on Kandanga Creek Road will be replaced to ensure safety and efficiency for heavy vehicles and other local road users.
Acting Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the existing single lane Goomong Road bridge will be replaced with a two lane concrete structure.
“The current bridge has a 15 tonne limit and a recent engineering inspection indicates it is no longer able to safely carry the number of heavy vehicles using it each day. The new bridge will have a 160 tonne limit and its preliminary design has already been completed.
“Likewise, the narrow two lane timber bridge on Kandanga Creek Road is in poor condition and only has a 36 tonne limit.
“It will be replaced with an 8.4 metre wide two lane concrete structure with a 160 tonne limit, which will help boost productivity for local farmers and producers.”
Mr Truss said the Goomong Road bridge project will receive $955,500 from the Australian Government, while the Kandanga Creek Road project will receive $920,500.
“Both projects will receive matching funding from Gympie Regional Council,” he said.
“The Coalition Government has announced $100 million to fund improvements to 164 bridges around Australia to help deliver economic benefits to communities through Round Two of the Bridges Renewal Programme.
“This latest funding is in addition to the $110 million committed under Round One of the Programme.
“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster the productivity of Australia's local bridges, and give councils the support they need to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement.
“As the closest tier of government to Australians, local governments play a critical role in maintaining and developing the nation's social and economic fabric.
“That's why we are continuing to support funding to councils—we understand that local communities are the backbone of Australia, and local governments are key to those communities' ongoing growth and prosperity.
“By upgrading these bridges, residents will enjoy better, safer and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will be also be able to pass safely along quicker routes which improves their productivity.”
More on the Bridges Renewal Programme, including a full list of successful Round Two projects and details on the application process, is available online at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.