New Isis River Bridge set to open
THE new $29.6 million Isis River Bridge will open to traffic tomorrow.
The notorious crash hotspot, on the Bruce Hwy south of Childers, was more than half a century old and will be replaced by a 130m-long, four-span construction; about 7m higher and 2m wider than the old bridge.
Its upgrade was brought forward following a sustained campaign by the NewsMail’s sister paper, the Isis Town & Country, which included support from MPs and a petition with hundreds of signatures.
Queensland Senator John Hogg said the new structure incorporated new approaches on a better alignment, new signage and guardrails, and a smoother driving surface.
Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said he was thrilled to see the new bridge open and praised the community effort behind getting the project brought forward.
“The new bridge is testament to people power and it will save lives,” he said.
“It is a legacy of what can be achieved when we all work together.”
Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said works to remove the existing bridge would continue in coming weeks, and speed restrictions would remain until the project is completed next month, weather permitting.