Bridge replacement completed south of Moranbah
A new $6 million bridge over Cherwell Creek, south of Moranbah, has been officially opened, with the project already improving flood immunity, productivity and driver safety.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said construction of the new bridge had been funded under the Australian Government's popular Bridges Renewal Program, along with funding from Isaac Regional Council and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA).
“Our Bridges Renewal Program is helping to build better, safer bridges around the nation by upgrading and repairing bridges to improve access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access,” Mr McCormack said.
“We have committed $420 million to the program from 2015–16 to 2020–21, which will be used in conjunction with funding from councils and state authorities to fix and replace hundreds of bridges right across Australia.”
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said more than 850 vehicles used the Peak Downs Mine Road on a daily basis, with almost a quarter of these being heavy vehicles.
“The scope of the project included replacement of the existing bridge and improvements to road approaches, allowing the speed limit to be raised for traffic,” Ms Landry said.
“The new two-lane concrete bridge is also seven metres higher than the previous bridge, providing one-in-100-year flood immunity. This is an important outcome for maintaining connectivity during the severe weather events and flooding which frequently affect our region.”
Isaac Region Mayor Anne Baker said the project was a great example of multiple levels of government and the private sector working together to improve the infrastructure which supports both industry and the community.
“This is about investing in our region to ensure our communities are connected by an effective road network which meets present and future needs. We want residents, business and industry to be able to travel our region in an efficient and, more importantly, safe manner,” Cr Baker said.
“Council is committed to maintaining and improving road and bridge infrastructure across our expansive footprint of more than 58,000km.”
The Australian Government provided $2.75 million towards the $6 million project. Isaac Regional Council provided the remaining funding including $1 million from BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance.
For further information on the Bridges Renewal Program, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/Bridgesrenewal/Index.aspx.