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New Angellala Creek bridge open ahead of schedule

The replacement bridge over Angellala Creek on Queensland’s Mitchell Highway is now open for traffic with construction complete weeks ahead of schedule.

The replacement bridge over Angellala Creek on Queensland’s Mitchell Highway is now open for traffic with construction complete weeks ahead of schedule.The replacement bridge over Angellala Creek on Queensland’s Mitchell Highway is now open for traffic with construction complete weeks ahead of schedule.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement that people would never forget the massive explosion in September 2014 when a truck carrying ammonium nitrate overturned on the highway destroying the bridge.

“It was remarkable that no-one was injured in last year’s devastating explosion,” she said.

“I toured the site April this year and promised to have a replacement built in quick time, and I’m very happy to announce that the newly constructed bridge is open for traffic.

The Queensland Government invested over $7 million to fast-track the replacement bridge due to its importance for freight travelling between Cunnamulla and Charleville.

“This bridge on the Mitchell Highway is an important freight link for B-Doubles, road trains and other heavy vehicles.

“I congratulate workers on this project in getting it finished ahead of schedule.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey also said in the statement that the opening of the bridge meant a vital local transport route could be used again.

“The destroyed bridge was the only significant structure on the highway between Cunnamulla and Charleville and provided a vital link as a south-north Type 2 road train route,” Mr. Bailey said.

“This new bridge provides a much safer crossing and protects against a possible one in 15 year flood event, it is wider and one metre higher than the previous structure.”

Construction of the bridge also supported 24 jobs throughout the life of the project.

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