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New bridge provides Miles community safer, long-lasting asset

11 September 2015

Mayor Ray Brown and Councillors joined with members of the community to walk across the newly replaced Dogwood Creek Bridge at the official opening on Wednesday 9 September.

Mayor Ray Brown and Councillors joined with members of the community to walk across the newly replaced Dogwood Creek Bridge at the official opening on Wednesday 9 September.

Jim McCorry (centre), the son of one of the men who built the original bridge in 1943, joined Cr Andrew Smith and Council's Acting Works Manager at Miles Dean Kibble at the official opening.

Jim McCorry (centre), the son of one of the men who built the original bridge in 1943, joined Cr Andrew Smith and Council’s Acting Works Manager at Miles Dean Kibble at the official opening.

The original timber bridge built by the community in 1943 was identified as being passed its useful life.

The original timber bridge built by the community in 1943 was identified as being passed its useful life.

The 25-metre single span steel truss bridge, original manufactured by the Department of Defence.

The 25-metre single span steel truss bridge, original manufactured by the Department of Defence.

On Wednesday, Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown and Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillor Andrew Smith officially opened the newly replaced Dogwood Creek Bridge on Hookswood-Pelham Road, Miles, an impressive 25-metre single span steel truss bridge, originally manufactured by the Department of Defence, and which opened to the public in late August.

Councillor Andrew Smith said the new bridge provides our communities with a value for money asset that is safer and will last well into our future.

“Dogwood Creek Bridge on Hookswood-Pelham Road is an important community asset that is well-used by residents and visitors, so Council wanted to replace the bridge so that it provides a safe crossing for the community, as well as producing a stronger more sustainable bridge that value-adds to the future of our communities,” he said.

“The replacement of the old timber bridge, which was originally built by the community in 1943, has been a long time coming after it was closed in 2012 following an inspection by a specialist bridge inspector identified that the bridge had passed its useful life.

“So Council’s innovative engineering team investigated a range of conventional options, as well as researched other structure types utilised throughout Australia and the Pacific.

“The original design plan was to replace the old timber bridge with a large culvert. As analysis of the options and cost estimates occurred it became clear that the original plan to use traditional precast concrete structures would stretch the approved budget Council allocated for the replacement project.

“At this time a unique opportunity to repurpose a steel truss bridge, originally manufactured by the Department of Defence, was discovered by the project team, and after an extensive assessment it was ultimately chosen as the best solution for the replacement of the old timber bridge.

“The structure of the steel truss bridge is in excellent condition, and by repurposing the bridge Council has not only delivered on all the benefits of the original project plan, but has kept the cost of the replacement project down saving our community over $150,000 and delivering them a more sustainable and reliable bridge during heavy rain events.

“The steel truss bridge replaces the old single lane bridge with a new two lane structure and is more than a metre higher than the old bridge’s deck height. This means that the bridge will be able to remain open longer during future flood events.

“We thank the community for their patience as we’ve worked towards replacing the Dogwood Creek Bridge on Hookswood-Pelham Road, and we’re confident that the new bridge will be a long-lasting and sustainable asset so that our communities are safer and better places to live.”

For more information on the Dogwood Creek Bridge Replacement Project contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL or info@wdrc.qld.gov.au.

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