Bridge re­pair made a bud­get pri­or­ity

Coun­cil pur­sues mul­ti­ple al­ter­na­tives af­ter flood

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS WELCOME - Jack Lawrie

FIVE mil­lion dol­lars is the early fig­ure for the re­place­ment of the dam­aged bridges in the af­ter­math of the pre­vi­ous week’s flood.

Re­plac­ing the Percy Hind­marsh bridge on Glen­coe Road near Raw­belle will be the high­est pri­or­ity for the first round of ap­pli­ca­tions, with a po­ten­tial re­pair bill of up to $2 mil­lion.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt said they were look­ing to get a side-track in place for peo­ple in the area un­til works get un­der way.

“It’ll be a gravel cross­ing, in the first in­stance just to al­low ac­cess while look­ing at how long it will take to re­place the bridge,” Mr Pitt said.

“What­ever restora­tion fund­ing we get to re­place the bridge, Coun­cil is in­ter­ested in look­ing at other op­tions to make the bridge B-Dou­ble equiv­a­lent.”

Mr Pitt said Coun­cil’s first op­tion was the ac­ti­va­tion of Restora­tion of Es­sen­tial Pub­lic As­sets (REPA) re­lief from the Queens­land Restora­tion Au­thor­ity.

They will then go through the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Bridge Re­newals Pro­gram.

REPA works are re­quired to re­store pub­lic as­sets to pre-dis­as­ter stan­dards, which may pre­clude fur­ther up­grades.

“Los­ing the bridge is un­for­tu­nate be­cause it cre­ates dif­fi­culty for ac­cess­ing the property, but with any dif­fi­culty you’ve got to look at the op­por­tu­nity in it,” Mr Pitt said.

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