Re­plac­ing our bridge

Com­ments about up­grade stay vague

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

AN OVER­HAUL of Carnar­von Bridge has been in dis­cus­sion for a long time.

The Queens­land

Trans­port and Roads In­vest­ment Pro­gram 2013-14 to 2016-17 stated the Stan­thorpe Con­nec­tion Road Carnar­von Bridge and its ap­proaches would be re­placed with an in­di­cated cost of $600,000.

The con­crete bridge was opened dur­ing Stan­thorpe’s 50th Ju­bilee in 1922 and named after the Sec­re­tary of State, 4th Earl of Car­navon.

Carnar­von Bridge re­placed an old wooden struc­ture that was opened on Fe­bru­ary 22, 1878.

Mem­ber for South­ern Downs Lawrence Spring­borg said he had been lob­by­ing for some time for an up­date of Carnar­von Bridge.

“Over the years, I’ve al­ways had the view that works needed to be done,” Mr Spring­borg said.

“The Carnar­von Bridge is struc­turally very sound but it’s get­ting to the end of its life.”

Mr Spring­borg said the in­for­ma­tion he had re­ceived in­di­cated re­sources for a busi­ness case had been al­lo­cated to the bridge.

“They are go­ing to do a pre­lim­i­nary de­sign which will in­clude a pedes­trian walk­way,” he said.

How­ever, res­i­dents and trav­ellers will have to wait for an up­grade.

“It (Carnar­von Bridge) will be re­placed in the next decade,” Mr Spring­borg said.

A Trans­port and Main Roads spokesper­son said the de­part­ment was al­ways look­ing at ways to en­hance the road net­work, in­clud­ing im­prov­ing state-owned bridges.

“Plan­ning was com­pleted on a de­sign for the re­place­ment of Carnar­von Bridge in Stan­thorpe,” the spokesper­son said.

How­ever, con­struc­tion fund­ing had not yet been al­lo­cated for this project.

The spokesper­son said any fu­ture fund­ing would be as­sessed against com­pet­ing statewide pri­or­i­ties.

PHOTO: FILE

WELL-VIS­ITED: The open­ing of the Carnar­von Bridge back in 1922.

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