Bridge work years away
THERE is no intention to bring forward planned upgrades to the Isis River Bridge despite two accidents at the spot in the past three weeks, according to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
“The State Government has identified the replacement of the Isis River Bridge on the Bruce Highway south of Childers as a future priority,” a spokesperson for the Department said.
But regular users of the road say the upgrade is needed soon.
“Chargeroz”, from Howard, wrote on the NewsMail website: “I have just moved up here and travel that part of the highway every day and I think it’s a joke that that road is in such poor condition.
“The speed limit on that part of the highway should be dropped to 70kmh until the problem is fixed. How many people need to be hurt or killed until this is fixed?”
But residents and drivers may be waiting for some time before the road is attended to.
“Funding has been allocated in the department’s 2009-10 to 2013-14 Roads Implementation Program to undertake planning for a higher and wider replacement bridge, which will improve flood immunity,” the transport spokesperson said.
“This planning is currently under way. The cost of the upgrade will be developed as part of the planning and is expected to be completed in early 2010. Actual construction will be subject to available federal funding and timing is yet to be determined.”
The Isis River Bridge is maintained by the Department of Transport and Main Roads through federal funding.