Somerset’s old timber bridges to be upgraded
SOMERSET Regional Council's wooden bridges are set for a makeover after Agricultural Minister John McVeigh announced $5m in betterment funding during a visit to the region last week.
Mr McVeigh said the betterment project would help make the region's infrastructure more flood resilient.
"It's projects like this footbridge here in Toogoolawah that are the level of basic infrastructure we need to start building up again," he said.
The pedestrian bridge will be replaced with a $1.1 million structure and eight timber bridges and crossings across Somerset will also be replaced with the funds.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said the old timber bridges linked primary producers and residents with major roads and townships, and were often important evacuation and access routes.
"The damage done during the floods has certainly shortened the life of many of these structures around the region," Ms Frecklington said.
"Somerset council will be able to achieve the replacement and upgrading of these key bridges right across the Somerset within the next two years."
Council will replace the Toogoolawah Pedestrian Bridge, Ted Skinner Crossing on Esk-Crows Nest Rd, George Bell Crossing on Ivory Creek Rd, Wunulla Lane Bridge on Wunulla Lane, Gerald Ryan Bridge on Mount Stanley Rd, Scrub Creek Road Bridge on Scrub Creek Rd, Browns Bridge on Monsildale Rd and Jones Bridge and Kropps Bridge on Gregors Creek Rd.
Each of the bridges will be replaced with either a single lane or double lane concrete structure and they will have a life-span of a century.