$1.4m bridge upgrade fin­ished

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

A $1.4 mil­lion strength­en­ing pro­ject on the Lock­yer Creek rail bridge in Gat­ton is now com­plete, im­prov­ing the safety and re­li­a­bil­ity of the cen­tury-old struc­ture.

As­sis­tant Minister for Trans­port Glenn Butcher said the pro­ject cre­ated 16 jobs for local con­struc­tion work­ers.

“Queens­land Rail has re­cently com­pleted a ma­jor steel strength­en­ing pro­ject on the Lock­yer Creek rail bridge to main­tain its in­tegrity and re­li­a­bil­ity,” Mr Butcher said.

“The works in­volved in­stalling a new steel beam above Old Col­lege Road and re­plac­ing more than 3,500 bolts and con­nec­tions to strengthen the bridge, which is more than 100 years old.

“This upgrade utilised local labour, machin­ery and re­sources, in­clud­ing truck and crane hire, to sup­port local busi­nesses.”

Mr Butcher said the bridge re­mained op­er­a­tional through­out the pro­ject, with work be­ing com­pleted dur­ing sched­uled track closures to min­imise im­pact.

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