Bridge construction near complete
BURNETT Heads is one step closer to the Port of Bundaberg with the Wallace Creek Bridge construction nearing completion.
The project, which began in August, will reduce travel time between the port and Burnett Heads by up to 85%.
Bundaberg Port Corporation manager Jason Pascoe said the project was still on schedule to finish before March.
“It has been a busy few months, but everything should be done by the end of February,” Mr Pascoe said.
“It will cut travel times between the port and the town dramatically.”
About 30 workers are currently on site to get the bridge up and running before the deadline.
Piles have been driven in place this week and bitumen roadworks are due to begin next week.
Mr Pascoe said the $7.3 million project has had a positive reaction from community members and visitors alike.
“Everyone I have spoken to is really excited,” he said.
“Even the international yachties are keen for the project to be completed. They will be able to see a lot more a lot quicker.”
The bridge will include a 3m-wide pedestrian way, which would be put to good use.
Owners of the nearby Captain’s Chandlery already have plans in place to branch out into bicycle hire when the bridge opens.
The project is an initiative of the Port of Bundaberg Corporation, but has received plenty of outside support.
“The federal government has contributed $1 million of funding towards the bridge project,” Mr Pascoe said.
Bundaberg Regional Council is also involved with the development.
“The council is contributing with roadworks on the east side of the bridge,” Mr Pascoe said.
Burnett Heads is set to be a popular destination, with the new bridge opening possibilities and a new IGA store set to open next year.
The official handover of the Port of Bundaberg to Gladstone Ports Corporation will take place tomorrow.