The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is progressing the design to replace the 87-year-old Six Mile Creek timber bridge on Pomona-Kin Kin Road, north of Pomona.
The state’s Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the single-lane structure built in 1934 would be upgraded to a new $18 million two-lane concrete bridge.
“I am proud to be delivering major upgrades like this to our regional communities through the Palaszczuk Government’s record $27.5 billion roads and transport budget,” Mr Bailey said.
“The additional lane will mean drivers no longer have to stop and give way to opposing vehicles, significantly improving traffic flow.
“The bridge will also be more resilient and able to withstand significant rain.
“We will use bridge scour protection to guard the bridge foundations, reducing potential flood damage and allowing us to reopen the bridge quicker during severe weather.”
Mr Bailey said the road would also be widened on both sides of the bridge to improve conditions for people walking and riding bikes.
“We have released a design layout highlighting the project features for the community to provide feedback,” he said.
The old timber bridge will remain open while the new concrete bridge is under construction, the Minister said.
“When we eventually remove it, any reusable timber will be recycled and re-purposed to repair other bridges across our state-controlled network.”
Design is expected to be completed in early 2022, at which time the state government will determine the timeframes for construction.
For more information and to view the layout click here.