The Queensland Government has awarded the $28 million contract to upgrade 18 ageing rail bridges on the West Moreton rail network to a local company.
Moggill Construction will begin work in March, which includes replacing 18 timber rail bridges with steel girders on the rail line between Ipswich and Chinchilla. The Queensland Government said the works will also reduce time and costs spent on maintenance and inspections.
The West Moreton system connects Brisbane to the west and south west communities of Queensland and, according to the Queensland Government, is a major artery to the Darling Downs – predominantly used to transport thermal coal and grains.
The state government stated that Moggill Construction will source building material and hire from local suppliers wherever possible.
The works are expected to be competed by 2020.