Bridge replacement program gathers momentum
Council has ticked off another two bridge projects in the western reaches of the Scenic Rim with the support of the Federal Government.
Adams Bridge at Rosevale and Churchbank Bridge at Mutdapilly are among 11 timber bridge replacements across the region co-funded under the national Bridges Renewal Programme.
The two bridges were recently replaced as part of the initiative, along with Tramway Bridge at Christmas Creek.
A further eight bridges programmed for renewal over the next two years including three in the Beechmont district, two at Josephville and one at Allenview, Boyland and Undullah.
The next eight bridges co-funded for replacement are:
• Ferguson Reserve Bridge – Brookland Rd, Allenview
• Back Creek Bridge - Beechmont Rd, Beechmont
• Sharp Bridge – Beechmont Rd, Beechmont
• Botan Creek Bridge – Beechmont Rd, Beechmont
• Cavell Bridge – Boyland Rd, Boyland
• Josephville Bridge – Josephville Rd, Josephville
• S Todd Bridge – Sandy Creek Rd, Josephville
• Brookland Bridge – Undullah Rd, Kagaru
Mayor Greg Christensen said Sharp Bridge, Botan Creek Bridge, Back Creek Bridge and Ferguson Reserve Bridge had been programmed for replacement this financial year, while the remaining four bridges would be delivered in 2018-19.
"The momentum of our bridges program will continue over the next two years thanks to the support of a Federal Government which shares our vision for improved connectivity throughout the region through appropriate investment in asset renewal," he said.
"The delivery of these eight new bridges will reduce the number of timber structures currently maintained by Council from 74 to 66 in an overall network of 129, which is a great outcome for the region.When Council implemented its Bridges Strategy in 2011 there were 97 timber bridges in use throughout the region."
Cr Christensen said Council's continued investment in maintaining and renewing road and bridge infrastructure was vital in driving the region's economy.
"Our transport corridors are crucial to supporting the growth of our economy. The limitations imposed by timber bridges, many of which were constructed more than half a century ago, are effectively roadblocks to economic growth," he said.
"An important outcome of new bridges is that they are free of load limits which can restrict the movement of heavy vehicles.
IMAGE: Mayor Greg Christensen and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz at Adams Bridge.
Division 3 representative Cr Virginia West said the replacement of three bridges on Beechmont Rd was a welcome result for the local community.
"As well as being safer, contemporary structures of concrete or steel are more resilient and require less ongoing maintenance, delivering cost savings to ratepayers in the longer term," she said.
Cr Christensen said Council acknowledged and appreciated the continuing advocacy of the Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz in support of Council's infrastructure program.
"Scott has been a champion of the Bridges Renewal Programme and of the importance of securing co-funding from the Federal Government to enable Council to bring forward its long-term schedule of works," he said.
Mr Buchholz congratulated the Scenic Rim Regional Council on the completion of another two local bridge projects and their recent success in the Bridges Renewal Programme.
“If the Bridges Renewal Programme was tailored for any region it’s the Scenic Rim as it provides the infrastructure investment needed to upgrade the large network of timber bridges across the region,” Mr Buchholz said.
“A strong regional bridges network is crucial to ensure local residents have a safer run on our roads and improve connectivity ensuring community access to essential services.”