Bridge repair made a budget priority
Council pursues multiple alternatives after flood
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.