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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Angellala Creek’s new bridge open ahead of schedule

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015

    Angellala Creek’s new bridge open ahead of schedule

    The replacement bridge over Angellala Creek is now open for traffic with construction complete weeks ahead of schedule.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said people would never forget the massive explosion last September when a truck carrying ammonium nitrate overturned on the highway destroying the bridge.

    “It was remarkable that no-one was injured in last year’s devastating explosion,” she said.

    “I toured the site April this year and promised to have a replacement built in quick time, and I’m very happy to announce that the newly constructed bridge is open for traffic.

    “My Government recognised the importance of this structure for freight between Cunnamulla and Charleville and that’s why we invested over $7 million to fast track its replacement.

    “This bridge on the Mitchell Highway is an important freight link for B-Doubles, road trains and other heavy vehicles.

    "I congratulate workers on this project in getting it finished ahead of schedule."

    Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the opening of the bridge meant a vital local transport route could be used again.

    “The destroyed bridge was the only significant structure on the highway between Cunnamulla and Charleville and provided a vital link as a south-north Type 2 road train route,” Mr Bailey said.

    “This new bridge provides a much safer crossing and protects against a possible one in 15 year flood event, it is wider and one metre higher than the previous structure.”

    Construction of the bridge also supported 24 jobs throughout the life of the project.

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