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Cyclists and Hikers to Benefit from Bridge at Fernvale

A new, hard-wearing pedestrian and cycling bridge will soon be installed at Fernvale over Ferny Gully.

The bridge will connect Brouff Road to Clive Street, on the Southern side of the Brisbane Valley Highway and Fernvale School and Fernvale Sports Field to the town centre.

The installation will be built using composite materials and cost about $273,500 with the Queensland State Government contributing 50% under its Cycle Network Local Government Grant Program and Council funding the remaining 50%.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the composite materials were selected for their low ongoing maintenance costs and longevity.

“This bridge has a 100 year life time with no maintenance expected for 40 years and minimal upkeep required,” he said.

The truss style bridge is part of the Fernvale’s new shared pedestrian and cycle path, which will commence construction at the same time as the bridge.

The shared path is designed with regular visitors to the region in mind and in keeping with the surrounding environment.

“The bridge installation will also mean that residents from Fernvale School and Fernvale Sports Field will no longer need to cross the highway,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Fernvale has recently been noted as a growth area for the region with the number of cyclists and explorers steadily increasing each year too, so we see this as a worthwhile investment.”