$18m to replace bridge

The 87-year-old bridge is expected to be converted into a safer two lanes following an $18 million project funded by the State.

By Rose Astley

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey says design is progressing to replace the 87-year-old Six Mile Creek timber bridge on Pomona-Kin Kin Road, north of Pomona.

Mr Bailey said the single-lane structure built in 1934 would be upgraded to a new $18 million two-lane concrete bridge which will be funded under the $27.5 billion roads and transport budget promised by the Palaszczuk Government.

“The additional lane will mean drivers no longer have to stop and give way to opposing vehicles, significantly improving traffic flow,“ he said.

“The bridge will also be more resilient and able to withstand significant rain.

“We will use bridge scour protection to guard the bridge foundations, reducing potential flood damage and allowing us to reopen the bridge quicker during severe weather.“

Mr Bailey said the road would also be widened on both sides of the bridge to improve conditions for people walking and riding bikes.

“We have released a design layout highlighting the project features for the community to provide feedback,“ he said.

“Design is expected to be completed early next year (2022) and then we will determine timeframes for construction.

“The old timber bridge will remain open while we build its new and improved successor, and when we eventually remove it, any reusable timber will be recycled and re-purposed to repair other bridges across our state-controlled network.“

For more information and to view the layout visit, www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/kin-kin-road-six-mile-creek-replace-timber-bridge and to provide feedback, contact TMR North Coast on (07) 5451 7055 or northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au.