Ageing Timber Bridges to be Replaced on Tummaville and Hirstglen Roads
Monday, 13 May 2019
The Federal Coalition Government has announced today that it will invest more than $800,000 to replace two ageing timber bridges in the region.
Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the timber bridges on Tummaville Road over the north branch of the Condamine River and Hirstglen Road would be replaced with concrete structures that would improve road safety.
“Making sure ageing bridges - such as the Tummaville Road bridge and the Hirstglen Road bridge, are replaced is just another part of our plan to invest in the region’s road safety and help get people home sooner and safer,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Replacing old timber bridges with better concrete bridges ensures that important regional road links are safer, more reliable and more efficient.”
Dr McVeigh said local road users would be the big beneficiaries of the new infrastructure.
“Under the bridge replacement program we will contribute $700,000 towards the $2.9 million project to replace the existing 5 span, 33m long single lane bridge on Tummaville Road, which is closed, with a new two lane multi-span concrete bridge.
“Along Hirstglen Road we will invest $100, 277 towards the $200,554 cost of replacing the existing 2 span, 4 metre long, single lane timber bridge with a new concrete culvert structure.”
“I am pleased that these important local projects received funding under this round and I look forward to seeing this investment make a positive difference for those travelling along Tummaville and Hirstglen roads in the future.”
Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberals and Nationals in Government are committing $640 million for vital bridgeworks between 2015–16 to 2022–23, with an ongoing commitment of $85 million each year following.
“The Bridges Renewal Program provides up to 50 per cent of the cost of repairing or replacing old and unsafe local bridges, which is a fantastic win for local communities,” Mr McCormack said.
“Under Round 4, the Government has committed $57 million to help fund vital local bridgeworks following the completion of an open, merit-based selection process.”
Under Round 4 of the program, the Government will contribute up to a maximum of $700,000 for one bridge or $1.4 million for two bridges in the same local government area.
A full list of successful projects is available at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges.