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Mayor and Senator officially open 10 new bridges in Somerset

SOMERSET Regional Council’s commitment to increased road safety has been recognised with the official opening of 10 new bridges.

Published: 9th December 2019

SOMERSET Regional Council’s commitment to increased road safety has been recognised with the official opening of 10 new bridges.

The projects were joint funded by council and the Federal Government Bridges Renewal Program.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann this morning opened the structures alongside Liberal National Senator for Queensland Paul Scarr at the $1.1 million two-lane concrete bridge at Yellow Gully.

The 25m bridge on Atkinsons Dam Road has replaced an ageing single lane concrete bridge.

Councillor Lehmann said Federal Government funding had helped council complete a substantial renewal of its bridge network, with more than 60 structures already replaced.

“We are committed to ensuring the best value for ratepayers through our investment in long-term infrastructure that supports the ongoing growth and economic development of the Somerset region,” Cr Lehmann said.

"This includes replacing old bridges with reinforced concrete structures that are free from load restrictions on the movement of heavy vehicles, less prone to flood closures, and more resilient to damage during extreme weather events.

“I acknowledge the Federal Government for its ongoing funding support, and thank Senator Scarr for taking part in today’s event.”

Cr Lehmann said the following bridges were officially opened today:

  • Apple Tree Creek Bridge, Cooeeimbardi Road, Lower Cressbrook
  • Buaraba Creek Road Bridge No. 1, Buaraba Creek Road, Buaraba
  • Buaraba Creek Road Bridge No. 2, Buaraba Creek Road, Buaraba
  • Burnett Inn Bridge, Western Branch Road, Mt Stanley
  • Charlies Gully Bridge, Western Branch Road, Mt Stanley
  • Hawthorne Road Bridge, Hawthorne Road, Linville
  • Pakleppas Bridge, Whiting Street, Moore
  • Pryde Creek Bridge, England Creek Road, Wivenhoe Pocket
  • Sandy Creek Bridge, Pine Mountain Road, Pine Mountain
  • Yellow Gully Bridge, Atkinson Dam Road, Atkinsons Dam

Senator Scarr said projects funded under the Bridges Renewal Program were replacing and repairing bridges across the country.

“It is wonderful to be standing here on the $1 million Yellow Gully Bridge in Atkinson’s Dam today, celebrating how the Bridges Renewal Program continues to deliver tangible benefits to local communities,” Senator Scarr said.

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