Bridge com­ple­tion a big Vic­tory for ev­ery­one

The Weekend Post - - News -

ELIS­A­BETH CHAM­PION

The bridge re­place­ment project in­cluded a new twolane, sin­gle-span bridge and re­align­ment of the ap­proaches.

The old bridge was meant to re­main open to traf­fic dur­ing con­struc­tion work.

It had to be per­ma­nently closed af­ter vi­bra­tions from pil­ing work caused fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in its con­di­tion which made it un­safe for ve­hi­cles to cross.

The bridge open­ing was wel­comed by res­i­dents.

They have been forced to take 30-minute de­tours to get to and from In­n­is­fail for months af­ter pil­ing prob­lems caused de­lays. Cas­sowary Coast Re­gional Coun­cil­lor Jeff Baines said he was glad to see the bridge fi­nally open.

“It’s been a very big job and I com­mend our staff for the work they’ve done in a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion,” he said. “The bridge is open and we have an as­set val­ued at more than $3 mil­lion that is built to the stan­dard it should be.

“I have had some great phone calls from the lo­cals and it was all thumbs up from them (yes­ter­day) as they drove past, which is great.”

HUGE RE­LIEF: Cas­sowary Coast Re­gional Coun­cil­lor Jeff Baines at the Vic­tory Creek Bridge, which is now open to traf­fic. Pic­ture: ELIS­A­BETH CHAM­PION

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