$6m works planned
WITH over $6 million budgeted capital works expenditure for six months, the Douglas Shire Council is serious about infrastructure for the region.
Just over $4 million is for roads/transport infrastructure and includes five bridge projects and general manager operations Paul Hoye said that includes ongoing projects as well as projects yet to begin.
‘‘Six million dollars of infrastructure capital works is a really good start for the new Douglas Shire. There is a significant amount of grant funding, around $3 million associated with programmed works,’’ he said.
‘‘The focus of the capital works budget is the delivery of a number of projects to ensure our assets are being renewed appropriately and also incorporating some improvements in the water and wastewater programs.
‘‘The vast majority of the capital works program involves the renewal or upgrade of infrastructure or large committed projects such as the Woobadda Creek bridge.’’
The Cook Shire has been contracted for works on Woobadda, on the Bloomfield track and foundation works were completed before Christmas last year and construction will recommence at the end of the wet season, with the bridge expected to be completed by July, at the latest.
The Bloomfield Bridge, at Wujal Wujal, is also expected to be completed by the middle of this year, also dependent on the wet season, with the Department of Transport and Main Roads managing the project.
All piles have been placed and work has commenced on the headstocks - each of the seven headstocks is made up on six-tonnes of steel reinforcement and over 65 tonnes of concrete.
Mr Hoye said one of the new project includes Warner Bridge in Cassowary, which is jointly funded between the Mossman Mill and Council considering the bridge is a dual carriageway for cane trains.
‘‘Preliminary works and material ordering has started and bridge work will start in February (this month) and works relate to replacement and repair of bridge sub and super structure,’’ he said.
‘‘ The project will mainly be managed through Mackay Sugar. Completion should be April, depending on the weather conditions.’’
Niau Bridge, which is located in the Upper Daintree, will be repaired and parts of the sub-structure of the bridge will be replaced while in Mowbray Council are planning a design for Connolly Bridge for a flood resistant by-pass of the current bridge.
‘‘It will also incorporate investigation into the potential capacity for the existing bridges to be used for pedestrian and bicycle access, this being a very popular access point to the Bump Track for recreational walkers, hikers and cyclists,’’ Mr Hoye said.
STARTED: Bloomfield bridge