New Burnett Highway bridge makes key freight route safer
THE new Lochaber Creek Bridge on the Burnett highway is now open to traffic following a $9.76 million upgrade.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the bridge replacement was a major improvement for motorists in the region.
"The former 78-year old timber bridge required frequent inspections and maintenance to keep it safe for motorists, which caused traffic disruptions on what is one of Central Queensland's principal north-south freight routes," he said.
"The Burnett Highway links inland communities and production areas, including the Surat Basin's coal and coal seam gas sites, the livestock and agricultural areas of Central Queensland to Rockhampton, and both the Gladstone and Alma ports."
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the new bridge was wider and stronger, and would cater for all vehicles using the highway.
"We are pleased to have improved highway connectivity for the community," Mr O'Dowd said.
"The new concrete bridge on the Burnett Highway near Eidsvold has been under construction since January this year."
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said improvement works were also completed at the Malmoe Rd intersection.
"We realigned and upgraded the Burnett Highway and Malmoe Rd intersection, just north of the bridge, to improve sight distance and introduced wider road shoulders so motorists could safely pass turning vehicles," Mr Bailey said.
"The new bridge is now open to traffic, however we still need to remove the temporary side track that was used by motorists while the bridge was being replaced."
The remaining work is expected to be completed in late 2019, weather permitting.
The $9.76 million Lochaber Creek Bridge upgrade was jointly funded by the Australian Government committing up to $4.88 million and the Queensland Government $4.88 million.