Bridg­ing to avoid floods

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PLAN­NING PHASE: Pro­posed align­ment for the new John Pe­ter­son Bridge.

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