Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jack Lawrie

THE new Bur­nett River Bridge on Monto–Mount Perry Rd is tak­ing shape, af­ter be­ing washed away by flood­wa­ters dur­ing Cy­clone Mar­cia in 2015.

Main Roads and Road Safety Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley said the $11.5 mil­lion project was on track and the bridge deck units were cur­rently be­ing in­stalled.

“The deck units pro­vide the plat­form for the road sur­face that mo­torists will be driv­ing on when the bridge is com­plete,” Mr Bai­ley said.

“It’s re­ally quite im­pres­sive to see these units be­ing lifted into place and to see the bridge start­ing to take its fi­nal form."

Mr Bai­ley said the works were on track for com­ple­tion by mid-2017, weather per­mit­ting.

“The $11.525 mil­lion project is sup­port­ing an av­er­age of 36 di­rect jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion, which is a great boost for the area,” he said.

“The new bridge will be built wider to ac­com­mo­date two lanes of traf­fic and the re­in­forced con­crete struc­ture will help to pro­tect the bridge from fu­ture ex­treme weather.

“It is also be­ing built higher than the pre­vi­ous bridge, with a bet­ter road align­ment to give mo­torists greater vis­i­bil­ity on Monto-Mount Perry Rd.

“We’re work­ing to get this bridge re­placed as soon as we can be­cause we know this is an im­por­tant piece of in­fra­struc­ture for the lo­cal area.”

Mr Bai­ley said that flood mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems will re­main in place on Monto–Mount Perry Rd through­out the wet sea­son.

“The flood mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem warns mo­torists when wa­ter lev­els on Monto–Mount Perry Rd reach a cer­tain level,” he said.

“Warn­ing signs have been in­stalled at the Ker­wee Road and Bur­nett High­way in­ter­sec­tions and flash when wa­ter lev­els rise to an un­safe level.

“This al­lows mo­torists to change their route of travel and avoid dan­ger­ous flood­wa­ters.

"I re­mind mo­torists to never drive on flooded roads – if it’s flooded, for­get it."

The Bur­nett River Bridge is be­ing funded by the State Gov­ern­ment with ad­di­tional fund­ing through the Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments.

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