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Grantham's Thistlethwaite Bridge reopened

The Thistlethwaite Bridge at Grantham reopened to traffic today.
The Thistlethwaite Bridge at Grantham reopened to traffic today. Amy Lyne

Good news for people who use Grantham-Winwill Rd, the Thistlethwaite Bridge is again open for business.

After undergoing a $2.5 million rebuild, the bridge reopened to traffic this afternoon.

It had been closed since works began on the bridge in May, after it was damaged in the 2011 and 2013 floods.

During that time drivers had to add an extra ten minutes to their travel time, using alternative routes on Gatton-Clifton Rd and Flagstone Creek Rd.

Originally a timber bridge, it has been rebuilt as a three-span concrete bridge.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones said the LVRC had contributed more than $500 00 to the project.

"After the previous bridge was damaged it was clear we couldn't rebuild this bridge the same way," he said.

"We needed to look outside the square and this new, three-span concrete bridge was the answer.

"In the long run it makes much more sense to spend a bit of extra money once, as opposed to spending money repairing the bridge each time we have a severe weather event."

The bridge is a vital link to communities around Grantham as well as for local producers and businesses including Stanbroke's beef processing plant.

The project included funding from the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements flood restoration (State and Federal Government) and Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme funding (State Government).

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