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    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Dickabram Bridge reopens

    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Friday, April 24, 2009

    Dickabram Bridge reopens

    The historic Dickabram Bridge, west of Gympie, has reopened to motorists after months of rehabilitation works to improve the conditions of the bridge.

    Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said preservation of historical assets was a top priority for the department.

    “Dickabram Bridge is heritage listed and is the oldest remaining large metal truss bridge constructed by Queensland Railways,” Mr Wallace said.

    “Commissioned in 1886, the bridge is unique as it carries a roadway as well as a railway, making it both locally and historically significant.

    “Maintenance work was needed to sustain the life of the bridge, including replacing several major timber components such as decking and handrails.

    “The work will reduce future maintenance costs and ensure long-term durability of the bridge.”

    Mr Wallace thanked the community for their continued patience and support since works began in December last year.

    “Motorists travelling along Miva Road have been very responsible, which made the work a lot easier and allowed the workers to get the job done safely,” he said.

    “A lot of credit can be given to motorists for obeying road signs, slowing down throughout the worksite, and driving carefully to the conditions.

    “Careful planning and scheduling of works was also a major factor for ensuring road safety during the repairs.”

    Mr Wallace said short delays were scheduled during business hours and some weekend closures were utilised to minimise the impact of the works on peak travelling hours.

    “Further maintenance is scheduled from May 11 to June 15, to help preserve the life of the bridge,” he said.

    “The bridge will remain open to motorists during this time, however their may be short delays between 8am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, while the works are carried out.”

    Media contact: Minister Wallace’s office 3896 3689