Bridge re­pairs on way

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil yes­ter­day ap­proved ten­ders for over $1.1 mil­lion to re­pair Whyan­beel’s Baio and Schulz Bridges, which are both in need of ur­gent works.

The work is set to be­gin straight away and Di­vi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said the re­pairs will be com­pleted as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I am happy to an­nounce we have agreed to en­gage con­trac­tors and ap­proved a ten­der for Baio Bridge at $670,192.41 and Schulz at $511,644.60, in­clud­ing GST,” she said.

“The bridges have been de­te­ri­o­rat­ing for some time par­tic­u­larly since Cy­clone Yasi be­cause they’re tim­ber bridges and I’m pleased we’re go­ing to get the money into the bud­get.”

Both bridges are in se­ri­ous need of re­pair, with Baio Bridge suf­fered a catas­trophic fail­ure from de­te­ri­o­rat­ing piles and con­crete blocks were in­stalled for sup­port.

“They are in very poor con­di­tion and the re­newal of Baio Bridge is con­sid­ered a pri­or­ity,” Cr Leu said.

“We’ve al­ready gone through the de­sign phase and engineers have worked out the type of bridge re­newal or re­pair should hap­pen and ten­ders have been ap­proved and con­tracts will be signed.”

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