Bridge work may be finished by October
WORK is continuing on the rehabilitation of the Pine Creek Bridge following its closure by Bundaberg Regional Council a little over a month ago on June 26.
The council has in place a maintained detour road to enable motorists to access around the closure.
The council’s Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Tony Ricciardi said the detour had added a travel distance of 2.4km to anyone normally utilising the bridge.
The council was aware of the inconvenience this had caused and thanked motorists for their patience.
“Inspections leading up to the closure had identified substantial deterioration in bridge timberwork and also significant corrosion in the galvanised metal sheet decking. A structural assessment suggested a restrictive load limit that would have been difficult to enforce,” Cr Ricciardi said.
“The bridge, which was built in the late 1940s, is 33 metres long by four metres wide and is a major connecting link with the Isis Highway for residents in the Pine Creek, Givelda and Electra areas.
“Construction work has proceeded to a point where council’s bridge crew have removed the decking and have commenced the replacement of defective bridge elements.”
Cr Ricciardi said the work was expected to take three to four months to complete and the council currently expected the project to be finalised in early October if favourable weather conditions persist.
The council has budgeted $300,000 for the work.
REPAIR: Work is continuing on Pine Creek Bridge.