Council fixes five timber bridges around the region

FIVE timber bridges will be given a new lease on life, after Gladstone Regional Council announced it had earmarked them for repair.

As part of an asset renewal strategy the council has inspected each of the bridges assets, focusing on those spanning railway corridors, constructed of timber or considered high risk structures.

The timber bridges identified as being most in need of reparation work were the Fire Creek Bridge on Raglan Station Road ($600,000 excluding GST), Four Mile Creek Bridge on Gentle Annie Road ($470,000), Three Mile Creek Crossing on Bindaree Road ($660,000), Hobble Creek Crossing on John Clifford Way ($210,000) and Baffle Creek Bridge on Gorge Road ($930,000).

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said the purpose of the inspections was to determine the structural condition of the region's bridges.

"Establishing the structural condition of the bridges enabled Council to determine the levels of renewal or maintenance work required to bring the bridges up to the desired standard," Councillor Sellers said.

"In keeping with this aim, Council today adopted a renewal and maintenance strategy for its timber bridges and has identified five projects to be added to its Long Term Financial Plan for completion in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years.

"Many of the high risk structures were timber bridges, prompting Council to investigate the available options for repairing or replacing timber structures," she said.

"In the case of the five bridges identified as being most in need of restoration, it was decided that concrete replacements were the most effective and safest options."