Soil turned on bridge project
WITH some good weather and hard work a new, safer bridge across Amamoor Creek could be open to Mustergoers this year.
The first sod was turned on the $2 million plus project by Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne, Major General Richard Wilson and children from the Amamoor State School yesterday.
"All things going well, most of the work will be done and dusted in time for the Gympie Music Muster at the end of August and access much improved to what it is now," Cr Dyne said.
He said the new bridge would be a lot safer for locals and the many thousands of people who used the road to access the Gympie Music Muster each year.
The upgrade turns a single lane wooden bridge into a dual lane concrete one.
The old wooden bridge was severely damaged in the 2012 flood when a large log got stuck under the structure as the water rose.
It lifted the decking and dislodged the pedestrian walkway, which had to be removed.
Council workers had to stabilise the structure and a 16-tonne load limit was put in place.
Cr Dyne said the project had been jointly funded by council, and State and Federal Governments as part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Council recently announced Sunshine Coast company Queensland Concrete and General Construction Co as the successful contractor.
Cr Dyne said by building a more resilient structure the council was helping to better ensure safe access all year round.
Queensland Reconstruction Authority head, Major General Wilson, heaped praise on the council, saying it was very proactive in identifying jobs in the region and was good to work with.