New two-lane bridge opens at Gutchy Creek
A $1.14 million investment in Gundiah will come to fruition today, with the opening of the new Gutchy Creek Bridge set to ease traffic in the Fraser Coast.
Federal member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien and minister for transport Darren Chester will open the new two-lane bridge in Gundiah, with the structure replacing the original one-lane timber bridge.
The project is part of round two of the Australian Government's Bridge Renewal Program.
"The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to give Councils the help they need to upgrade or replace ageing bridges to support local economies, jobs and lifestyles. The new Gutchy Creek Bridge will make a huge difference to the local community and wider region by giving heavy vehicles a more efficient route, saving time and money," Mr Chester said.
Gundiah's new bridge is designed to withstand weights up to 40 tonnes - four times that of the original bridge.
Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft said the bridge would provide a safe passage for school students in the area.
"It is also a major route for farmers to move their produce as well as a vital tourism link between the Fraser Coast and the Burnett and Darling Downs," he said.