Conondale residents finally have something to smile about with news that Grigor Bridge is to be replaced – not just fixed – replaced!
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP has rejoiced in this news after fighting for the funding needed for a new bridge.
“Residents who rely onGrigorBridgeas their link into town will remember only too well the rain event in October 2010 that forced the initial closure of this bridge.
“The bridge was closed to all traffic after torrential rain caused suspected damage to the bridge surface and its foundations.
“Rehabilitation works were being carried out and the Department of Transport and Main Roads had reopened the bridge just in time for it to be closed again during the January deluge.
“A new bridge is great news for this community. To constantly repair this ancient timber construction just didn’t make sense.
“Even Major General Mick Slater, the inaugural Head of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, could see something had to be done. When the General toured in April he clearly identified the ongoing frustration the closures brought the locals. I pass on my thanks to General Slater for his lobbying for this much needed infrastructure,” Mr Powell stated.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads have confirmed construction on the $7 million new bridge is expected to start mid-2012 and is likely to take eight months to complete. Motorists are to continue using the existing bridge.
“Congratulations to the Conondale community – your patience while waiting for the Department to do the right thing and replace the bridge has paid off. This is a great win for all,” Mr Powell concluded.