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    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Location for second Burdekin River bridge being finalised

    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Monday, September 07, 2009

    Location for second Burdekin River bridge being finalised

    Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace today announced work has begun on finalising the location of a second Burdekin River Bridge and associated Bruce Highway realignment, as part of planning for the future traffic needs of the region.

    Mr Wallace said a review would be undertaken of the recommended location of the second Burdekin River bridge and highway deviation, proposed after an extensive investigation and public consultation process between 1996 and 2000.

    “My department will now use the latest flood modelling technology to review and confirm whether the proposed highway alignment and location of the bridge is still the best option to reduce congestion and flooding on the highway,” he said.

    “Necessary consultation with relevant stakeholders and landowners will also be carried out as part of this process to review and refine the location of the bridge and the new alignment of the highway.

    “These investigations will allow us to finalise the road corridor required to build the bridge and new highway alignment, to reduce congestion and flooding impacts, as well as improve road safety within the townships of Ayr and Home Hill.

    “My department is committed to planning for the future, and giving the Burdekin community the certainty of what our future requirements may be.”

    Mr Wallace said the proposed route of the new alignment starts south of Home Hill and locates the new Burdekin River Bridge upstream of the existing bridge, bypassing Home Hill to the west.

    “The corridor then follows the rail line as far as Webber’s property, crossing Plantation Creek at Castelanelli’s property and proceeding westerly to join the Bruce Highway at Sandy Corner, north of Brandon,” he said.

    “There is currently no funding commitment for construction of the second Burdekin River Bridge and associated highway realignment, however, I will continue to make representations to the Federal Government to secure funding for this future project.”

    Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin welcomed the planning study, reinforcing the importance of reviewing the proposed location to ensure the best outcome for the community as well as road users.

    “The Burdekin community has long voiced concerns regarding the safety of pedestrians and local traffic mixing with heavy vehicles,” Ms McLaughlin said.

    “The new highway location will divert heavy vehicles and through traffic away from the centres of Ayr and Home Hill, improving quality of life for residents and reducing travel times for motorists.”

    Media contact: Minister Wallace’s office 3896 3691