Works to replace the John Peterson Bridge over the Boyne River have today begun, with the aim of improving flood immunity and maintaining network connectivity along the important freight route.
The new concrete bridge on Mundubbera-Durong Road will feature two lanes, guardrails and safer road approaches.
“The project involves replacing the low-level, timber bridge with a higher, wider and longer concrete bridge on a safer, straighter alignment,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce.
“The community has called for a replacement bridge and we’re pleased to be able to deliver these improved long-term structural and safety benefits.
“The replacement works will improve the bridge’s flood immunity to withstand a one-in-100-year flood and maintain network connectivity on this important freight route.
“As well as being built at a higher level, the new bridge will reduce the need for ongoing maintenance and the posted speed limit will be raised at the crossing from 60 km/h to 100 km/h upon completion.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey adds that the new bridge will deliver a reliable connection over the Boyne River during the wet season.
“The new John Peterson Bridge will be built about 500 metres west of the existing bridge by Queensland Bridge and Civil,” Bailey said.
“At this location, the new bridge will be on a straighter and safer alignment, shortening the route for drivers by about 700 metres.
“As part of the upgrade, safety upgrades will be undertaken at Hawkwood and Beeron Roads intersections in addition to tying in the new road alignment.”
The new bridge will be built while drivers continued to use the existing bridge. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2023.
The $25 million project is jointly funded through the federal Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, with the Australian Government providing $20 million and the Queensland Government contributing $5 million.