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    Minister for Main Roads and Local Government
    The Honourable Warren Pitt

    Bridge works to start on Running Creek Road

    Minister for Main Roads and Local Government
    The Honourable Warren Pitt

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008

    Bridge works to start on Running Creek Road

    Running Creek Road near Rathdowney is set to provide an even better connection between Queensland and northern New South Wales, with work to start next week on a new bridge at crossing number seven.

    Main Roads Minister Warren Pitt announced today a $2.4 million contract for construction of the new bridge had been awarded to RoadTek, Main Roads’ construction arm.

    The previous crossing was damaged during the January floods, during which Running Creek registered its highest water levels since recording started in the 1960s.

    "Main Roads already had funding allocated for the replacement of this bridge and has now accelerated the project to coincide with recovery work on Running Creek Road," Mr Pitt said.

    "The new 46m-long bridge is expected to be completed in about six months, depending on weather and the availability of materials, and will be significantly more flood resistant than the causeway that previously crossed the creek at this point.

    "As part of the project, the approaches to the bridge will be sealed and a guard rail will also be installed."

    Mr Pitt said Running Creek Road continued to provide a crucial link between Rathdowney in Queensland and Kyogle, across the border in New South Wales.

    Following a concerted recovery effort, all-vehicle access to the road was restored a fortnight ago.

    "Main Roads crews have worked tirelessly to restore Running Creek Road to a condition in which all vehicles can now use it,” Mr Pitt said.

    "Once the bridge over crossing number seven has been completed, Main Roads will then start construction on a replacement bridge for Taaffe's Bridge."

    Weather permitting, work on the new bridge will start on Monday 17 March 2008.

    Media contact: Minister Pitt’s Office 3227 8819