Bridge completion a big Victory for everyone
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