Plans this month have been released to replace 18 bridges and 69 bridge piers on the Central West line as part of the Palaszcuk Government’s third stage of its program to replace, repair and upgrade old timber rail bridges.
Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe stressed that the project is an important one, as in the long run it will “minimise the time and cost spent on maintenance.”
Some of the current bridge and bridge piers are over 100 years old, and are well over their design life expectancy, and are in dire need of an upgrade. The timber bridges will be replaced or upgraded with steel or concrete structures. The previous two stages of the project have seen a number of bridges upgrade in other rural areas.
Minister for Agriculture Leanne Donaldson spoke about the success of the previous two projects, stating that “In 2013, we embarked on stage one of the Central West Bridge Replacement program, which saw 49 timber bridges either replaced or repaired,”
“Stage two, which was completed last year, saw a further 23 bridges replaced or upgraded between Clermont, Emerald and Winton”
After stage three is complete, the total investment from the State Government will total more than $47 million. It is expected that the upgrades will provide a stable and reliable rail network for those who travel along the Central West line, which has 600 passenger and freight trains operate on it each year.
Source: Queensland Government
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