Bridge that’s built to last

Vi­tal Bur­nett thor­ough­fare fi­nally open

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

CON­STRUC­TION on the Monto-Mount Perry Rd bridge re­place­ment was fin­ished on Thurs­day.

Af­ter the pre­vi­ous bridge was flooded away in the Fe­bru­ary 2015 floods, the new bridge was built higher and wider to al­low for two lanes of traf­fic.

Main Roads and Road Safety Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley said the new $11.5 mil­lion bridge would be able to with­stand greater flood lev­els than be­fore.

“We have used ad­di­tional state fund­ing to build the new bridge higher than the pre­vi­ous one, which means com­mu­ni­ties such as Eidsvold and Mount Perry will not be as sig­nif­i­cantly im­pacted as they have been in the past,” Mr Bai­ley said.

Res­i­dent Wendy Knap­man, whose fam­ily’s prop­erty ex­tends along the cross­ing, said the new bridge fared bet­ter in this year’s floods com­pared to the old one.

“We were there (in 2015) and we heard these ping­ing noises and went down and saw the bridge was tipped over on the side of the river,” Mrs Knap­man said.

“This year they were nearly fin­ished the new bridge and it was all good this time, it just lapped the head­stocks; if the old bridge was still there it would’ve been knocked over.”

The bridge works, which cre­ated 36 jobs while they were on­go­ing, also in­volved complementary works on the cross­ing ap­proach, and a tem­po­rary cross­ing along­side the main cross­ing, which will be re­moved.

With this project com­pleted, the ques­tion re­mains as to when the rest of Monto-Mount Perry Road will be get­ting im­prove­ments.

North Bur­nett Re­gional coun­cil­lor Paul Lobegeier said the road seal­ing, which links the Monto area to Bund­aberg, and by ex­ten­sion its hospi­tal ser­vices, was of vi­tal im­por­tance.

“I look for­ward to the day that we have a State Gov­ern­ment that tells us they will seal the en­tire road, but I thank them very much for their con­tri­bu­tion,” he said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

READY TO ROLL: Monto-Mt Perry Road bridge con­struc­tion was com­pleted last Thurs­day.

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