Works to replace the John Peterson Bridge over the Boyne River in Queensland have begun, with crews preparing the site for construction.
The replacement project is set to deliver a new high-level and wider concrete John Peterson Bridge which will be safer, more reliable, better suited to the vehicle types and volumes currently using it and require less ongoing maintenance.
John Peterson Bridge will also be built on a safer and straighter alignment of Mundubbera-Durong Road. The new wider bridge will include 2 lanes, meaning vehicles will no longer have to give way at the crossing.
The new bridge will be built to withstand a 1-in-100-year flood event and will help to maintain network connectivity. The replacement eight-span concrete bridge will be located about 500m north-west of the existing bridge.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the new bridge would bring peace of mind to locals, delivering a reliable connection over the Boyne River during the wet season.
“At this location, the new bridge will be on a straighter and safer alignment, shortening the route for drivers by about 700 metres,” Bailey said.
“As part of the upgrade, safety upgrades will be undertaken at Hawkwood and Beeron Roads intersections in addition to tying in the new road alignment.”
Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders said the new bridge would be built while drivers continued to use the existing bridge.
“Construction is expected to be complete by early-2023 and we thank locals for their patience while this important work is undertaken,” he said.
The $25 million project is jointly funded through the federal Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, with the Federal Government providing $20 million and the Queensland Government contributing $5 million.
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