Queensland Minister Mark Bailey.
Queensland Minister Mark Bailey. Kevin Farmer

Burnett Highway bridge receives funding

A NORTH Burnett bridge has received $250,000 for upgrades from the State Government.

A detailed design will be done for the Lochaber Creek Bridge upgrade on the Burnett Highway near Eidsvold.

The government has allocated $200,000 to the project for 2016-17 and the final $50,000 will come from the 2017-18 budget.

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers said she welcomed the funding for the renewal of the timber bridge.

"I'm always grateful for any money spent on our state government roads," Cr Chambers said.

"Although we very much welcome this money to upgrade this bridge, we will continue to lobby for further upgrades and maintenance to the Burnett Highway.

"The highway is an imperative link to and through our region."

The money for the bridge is part of a $140m fast-tracked road works funding program.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said he'd pushed the Department to look hard at what work could be brought forward to deliver vital road upgrades sooner, including $7.7 million of works in the greater Wide Bay-Burnett region.

"The fast-tracked program in the Wide Bay/Burnett region includes minor safety and pre-construction works on the Bruce Highway, pavement and structures rehabilitation, culvert renewal and bridge design" Mr Bailey said.

"Importantly, it will also mean more jobs opportunities will be available sooner.

"The funding opportunity was identified in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program which is delivering record funding for road and transport projects of more than $20 billion over four years and creating nearly 16,000 jobs."



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