A local traffic bridge at Rollingstone outside Townsville has re-opened after an $850,000 upgrade project.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the bridge had been temporarily closed last year for major repairs, which have been carried out under a joint funding arrangement between the Australian Government and Townsville City Council.
“The completion of this project recognises that for many years, local residents and emergency services have relied on the bridge as a safe and convenient way to cross Rollingstone Creek without having to go around via the Bruce Highway,” Mr Chester said.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the works were necessary after the bridge was closed in April 2015 due to structural damage caused by white ants and dry rot.
“Local Townsville firm Civil Plus worked extensively on the bridge which included replacing the deck structure, strengthening the southern abutment, repairing the existing headstocks and installing signage and a vehicle height restriction structure,” Cr Hill said.
“This project was also completed for well under original estimates in excess of $1 million, which is a great result as the council can now reallocate unused council funds to other important community projects.”