Lamington Bridge set to show off new railings this month
THE final panel of new railings on Maryborough's heritage-listed Lamington Bridge is expected to be in place by the end of the month.
Crews have been repairing railings on the heritage-listed bridge since February, after floodwaters submerged it twice in less than a month.
The 40kmh reduced speed limit that has been in place during the repairs is expected to be lifted next week when most of the railings have been replaced on the upstream side of the bridge.
Temporary barriers will be in place for several weeks as crews wait for the last rail to be constructed before it can be installed.
The January floods damaged or washed away 79 of the bridge's 97 rail panels after it sent debris flying into the bridge.
Transport and Main Roads has replaced all the former railings with a lighter, numbered set designed to be easier to remove in a flood event.
"The new rails are lighter in weight and use a unique numbering system so that rails can be removed and reinstalled as quickly as possible during flood events," a TMR representative said.
It is the second time in the past three years the railings have had to be replaced after crews were unable to remove them before floodwaters rose in 2011 and 2013.