Bur­nett High­way bridge re­ceives fund­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A NORTH Bur­nett bridge has re­ceived $250,000 for up­grades from the State Gov­ern­ment.

A de­tailed de­sign will be done for the Lochaber Creek Bridge up­grade on the Bur­nett High­way near Eidsvold.

The gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated $200,000 to the project for 2016-17 and the fi­nal $50,000 will come from the 2017-18 bud­get.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said she wel­comed the fund­ing for the re­newal of the tim­ber bridge.

“I’m al­ways grate­ful for any money spent on our state gov­ern­ment roads,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“Although we very much wel­come this money to up­grade this bridge, we will con­tinue to lobby for fur­ther up­grades and main­te­nance to the Bur­nett High­way.

“The high­way is an im­per­a­tive link to and through our re­gion.”

The money for the bridge is part of a $140m fast-tracked road works fund­ing pro­gram.

Main Roads and Road Safety Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley said he’d pushed the De­part­ment to look hard at what work could be brought for­ward to de­liver vi­tal road up­grades sooner, in­clud­ing $7.7 mil­lion of works in the greater Wide Bay-Bur­nett re­gion.

“The fast-tracked pro­gram in the Wide Bay/Bur­nett re­gion in­cludes mi­nor safety and pre-con­struc­tion works on the Bruce High­way, pave­ment and struc­tures re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, cul­vert re­newal and bridge de­sign” Mr Bai­ley said.

“Im­por­tantly, it will also mean more jobs op­por­tu­ni­ties will be avail­able sooner.

“The fund­ing op­por­tu­nity was iden­ti­fied in the Queens­land Trans­port and Roads In­vest­ment Pro­gram which is de­liv­er­ing record fund­ing for road and trans­port projects of more than $20 bil­lion over four years and cre­at­ing nearly 16,000 jobs.”

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