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New Culvert Bridge provides Chinchilla community safer, long-lasting asset

25 November 2015

Deputy Mayor George Moore and Councillors joined with members of the community to officially open the newly replaced Burnt Bridge on Burnt Bridge Road, Chinchilla.

Deputy Mayor George Moore and Councillors joined with members of the community to officially open the newly replaced Burnt Bridge on Burnt Bridge Road, Chinchilla.

Chinchilla local Glen Lithgow joined Deputy Mayor George Moore, Cr Andrew Smith and Western Downs Regional Council CEO Ross Musgrove to walk across the new bridge.

Chinchilla local Greg Lithgow joined Deputy Mayor George Moore, Cr Andrew Smith and Western Downs Regional Council CEO Ross Musgrove to walk across the new bridge.

On Wednesday, Western Downs Regional Council Deputy Mayor George Moore and Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillor Andrew Smith officially opened the newly replaced bridge on Burnt Bridge Road, Chinchilla.

  • The new two lane five span box culvert bridge replaces the old single lane timber bridge originally built by the community in the 1880s;
  • In 2014 a specialist bridge inspector identified that the bridge was in significant need of replacement, so Council’s engineering team investigated a range of conventional options that would allow Council to deliver a long-lasting and sustainable asset for our communities within the approved budget Council allocated for the replacement project.

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

“Burnt Bridge on Burnt Bridge 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 providing an improved flood resilient bridge,” he said.

“So Council’s engineering team investigated a range of options using smart design and economical materials, that would help keep the cost of the replacement project down, with the process ultimately resulting in Council adopting a box culvert bridge as the best solution for the replacement of the old timber bridge.

“The new culvert bridge is nearly 200 millimetres higher than the old timber bridge with an increased waterway area allowing the bridge to provide improved flood immunity.”

Councillor George Moore thanked the community for their support during the replacement of the bridge.

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

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