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Work begins on Peak Downs Highway bridge upgrade

Four timber bridges on the highway are being replaced as part of a $70 million project to improve safety and efficiency for freight operators and locals.

Four timber bridges on the highway are being replaced as part of a $70 million project to improve safety and efficiency for freight operators and locals.Four timber bridges on the Peak Downs Highway are being replaced as part of a $70 million project to improve safety and efficiency for freight operators and locals.

Seymour Whyte was awarded the tender for the project in July this year. The contractor will replace the bridges at Fiery, Lonely, Boundary and Cut creeks with 10-metre-wide concrete structures, which will be designed to withstand a one-in-50-year flood.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said in a statement that the new bridges are anticipated to benefit mining operations in the Bowen and Galilee Basins

“This project will address limitations in the region’s freight transport network, improve safety and flood resilience, and support local businesses and industries by creating better connectivity in regional areas,” he said.

The Federal Government has committed around $35 million funding towards the project under its Bridges Renewal Program.

“This is the largest investment in an individual package of works under the program and it will be put to very good use by replacing the four bridges,” said Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry.

“The Government is investing in upgrades for our nation’s deteriorating bridges to improve productivity, safety and community access and this multimillion dollar package demonstrates our commitment to improving infrastructure in regional Queensland,” she said.

The Australian and Queensland governments are jointly funding the project on a 50:50 basis, with completion due in late 2018, weather permitting.

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