Scott Buchholz, Federal Member for Wright today announced the Middleton Bridge in Lockrose will receive $646,000 worth of repair and upgrades as part of the first round of the Australian Government’s new Bridge Renewal Programme.
Mr Buchholz welcomed the announcement and believes the local community will be excited to hear this news.
“This bridge has been a bugbear for local residents for many years and the announced repairs and upgrade will resolve some of the concerns they have about the safety and reliability of the bridge”,
“Given the history of flooding in the region these repairs are much needed. Additionally, these repairs will improve the haulage capacity of the bridge” said Mr Buchholz.
Mr Buchholz clarified that the Middleton bridge is part of a very popular route and is used regularly by local farmers and residents.
“When I visited the site recently there would have been over 15 cars and trucks who used the bridge in the 20 minutes that I was there”,
“This is obviously a popular route for locals and in it’s current state it is unsafe to be having such a high level of traffic across it. This is why I think it is fantastic that these upgrades have been approved and will be going ahead shortly” said Mr Buchholz.
The Lockyer Valley Regional Council will play a significant role in managing this project, ensuring the bridge’s future maintenance for the benefit of the local community.