Local road users will have access to safer and more reliable travel after two bridges in the Scenic Rim were upgraded with the support of the Federal Government.
Adams Bridge at Rosevale and Churchbank Bridge at Mutdapilly were replaced along with Tramway Bridge at Christmas Creek through a partnership of the national Bridges Renewal Program and the Scenic Rim Regional Council.
A further eight bridges are planned for renewal over the next two years including Ferguson Reserve Bridge at Allenview; Back Creek Bridge, Sharp Bridge and Botan Creek Bridge at Beechmont; Cavell Bridge at Boyland; Brookland Bridge at Kagaru and Josephville Bridge and S Todd Bridge at Josephville at a total cost of $18.69 million.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz congratulated the Scenic Rim Regional Council on the completion of another two local bridge projects and their recent success in the Bridges Renewal Program.
“If the Bridges Renewal Program was tailored for any region it’s the Scenic Rim as it provides the infrastructure investment needed to upgrade the large network of timber bridges in the area,” Mr Buchholz said.
“A strong regional bridges network is crucial to ensure local residents have a safer run on our roads and improve connectivity ensuring community access to essential services.”
“The upgrade of these successful bridges will also help drive the economy through the creation of construction jobs and boost the efficiency of our local businesses and primary producers.”
Scenic Rim Regional Council Greg Christensen said Council acknowledged and appreciated the continuing advocacy of the Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz in support of Council's infrastructure program.
“Scott has been a champion of the Bridges Renewal Program and of the importance of securing co-funding from the Federal Government to enable Council to bring forward its long-term schedule of works,” he said.
“The momentum of our bridges program will continue over next two years thanks to the support of a Federal Government which shares our vision for improved connectivity throughout the region through appropriate investment in asset renewal,” he said.
“The delivery of these eight new bridges will reduce the number of timber structures currently maintained by Council from 74 to 66 in an overall network of 129, which is a great outcome for the region. When Council implemented its Bridges Strategy in 2011 there were 97 timber bridges in use throughout the region.”