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62-year old bridge to become town feature in Dalby

The Charles Drew Bridge in Dalby is about to receive a shiny new paint job, as part of Western Downs Regional Council’s vision to beautify local towns.

The bridge forms part of the Warrego Highway through Dalby and crosses Myall Creek as an entry point into the town from the east.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said that the bridge is going to be brought back to its former glory.

“The Charles Drew bridge was officially opened in 1957 and has weathered decades of traffic, with a current estimate of around 11,500 vehicles crossing it every day including extremely heavy and wide loads on a weekly basis,” he said.

“The bridge is going to be stripped back and given a deep clean prior to the bridge masonry columns, balustrades, light poles and rails being repainted in a modern art-deco colour scheme.

“Once complete, the Myall Creek area will look even more attractive to pedestrians as well as the traffic passing over it.”

The fresh new look will complement the range of other activities that have recently taken place around the Warrego Highway, following the completion of significant roadworks by the Department of Transport and Main Roads at the end of last year.

These activities include the planting of over 8,000 trees and shrubs, the vibrant new town entry signage and new floral garden beds as part of Council’s bigger town beautification project.

The bridge painting is set to occur over a six-week period, starting this week.

Pedestrian detours will be in effect, with traffic controllers onsite in the morning and afternoon to assist school children through the site.

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