Bridging to avoid floods
NEW developments are under way in the North Burnett as the Department of Transport and Main Roads works on replacing the John Peterson Bridge.
After torrential rain in the region, the announcement was made that the John Peterson Bridge at the Boyne River on Mundubbera –Durong Rd would be replaced.
A department spokesman said the project would involve an upgraded extension to the bridge.
“The project involves preparing a design to replace the existing low-level timber bridge with a new high level reinforced concrete bridge on a straighter alignment,” the spokesman said.
“The bridge design will upgrade flood immunity to withstand a one-in-50 year flood event, maintaining network connectivity on this important freight route.”
At this stage the project is still in its design phase, so funding has not yet been allocated.
Project officers are currently working with adjacent land owners about partial land acquisitions that may be required for the project.
North Burnett Regional Council deputy mayor Faye Whelan said it was good news.
“It’s very good for the community, we have waited for the upgrades for many years and this is a very positive step,” Cr Whelan said.
“We’ll have to lobby for funding but it’s certainly a first step and we appreciate it being elevated.”
PLANNING PHASE: Proposed alignment for the new John Peterson Bridge.