Five bridges in the Hinchinbrook Shire have been earmarked for renewal or replacement in Council’s 2019-2020 Capital Works Budget.
Councillor Wally Skinner said $1.5 million had been allocated to the Bridge works.
“Council understands the importance that local infrastructure plays in the Shire’s agricultural industry and broader community, and has prioritised the bridge upgrades to support this.”
“The bridges Council will be looking at during 2019-2020 are Baillies Bridge - Baillies Road, Dalrymple Creek Bridge - Hawkins Creek Road, Kirks Bridge - Liborios Road, Macknade Bridge - Old Wharf Road and First Bridge - Mount Fox Road.”
Cr Skinner said each bridge came with its own set of challenges.
“Mt Fox Bridge for example, does not have an area suitable for a by-pass, so in this case contractors have to be innovative in their construction methods to accommodate this.”
In addition to Council’s commitment to capital works projects a further $300,000 has been allocated to the design of the Dutton Street Bridge through the Queensland Government’s Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program 2.
Cr Skinner reiterated the importance of the Dutton Street Bridge in connecting the community.
“Dutton Street plays an important role in connecting the community and in times of flood, not only cuts Ingham in half but means that the North Ingham and Forrest Beach communities cannot safely or easily access critical services like the hospital.”
On site works on these bridges are expected to begin within the next few months, weather permitting,
For more information regarding Council’s 2019-2020 Budget, please visit Council’s website, Budgets page.