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Burnt Bridge Road bridge replacement underway

2 April 2015

Planning and design is well underway for the replacement of the bridge on Chinchilla’s Burnt Bridge Road, with construction expected to start in May despite Council having missed out on Round One funding through the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme.

Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillor Andrew Smith said the bridge replacement project was due to go-ahead regardless of whether Council’s funding application was successful.

“Council engaged specialist bridge inspector to carry out a comprehensive Level 2 Bridge Inspection on the old timber bridge on Burnt Bridge Road in July last year. The inspection identified that the bridge is in significant need of replacement and so the planning and design to replace the structure with a box culvert bridge is already well underway,” he said.

“The original plan had been to replace the timber bridge with a two-lane concrete bridge, but this could only be delivered if Council received $1.5 million in funding.

“So Council’s engineering team have been investigating and developing a range of options that would deliver on all the benefits of the original project plan, but through using smart design and economical materials, would help keep the cost of the replacement project down.

“Now that it’s confirmed Council will be funding the project, the construction of a $950,000 box culvert bridge to replace the old timber bridge on Burnt Bridge Road will still provide residents and heavy vehicles with an upgraded and safer alternative crossing.

“We’re expecting to receive the necessary environmental approvals soon so that works can begin in May and, if so, the project would be expected to be completed by October (weather permitting).

“We thank the community for their patience as we’ve worked towards replacing the Burnt Bridge Road bridge, 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.”

Keep an eye on Council’s Facebook Page, website, eNewsletter and your local newspaper for updates on the Burnt Bridge Road Bridge Replacement Project.

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