Second bridge planned to connect Boyne Tannum
RESIDENTS have applauded an "imperative" second bridge, to connect Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, which is a step closer after the $2 million tender was allocated for a detailed design.
Gladstone Regional Council allocated the funds to engineer consultants GHD this month to design the future four-lane bridge that will connect Pioneer Dr, Boyne Island to Pioneer Dr, Tannum Sands.
While the council's road figures have passed acceptable levels the mayor agreed with residents the bridge was "imperative".
Mayor Gail Sellers said the bridge, which may cost as much as $50 million, had been a long time coming.
"We need to give people another way of getting to Tannum," she said.
"Gladstone Regional Council has been planning towards reducing impacts of pressure on the existing road network, and in particular the John Oxley Bridge, resulting from increased residential development in the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands areas."
In the council's 2013-14 budget, funding was allocated for geotechnical investigations and design of the additional bridge in anticipation of future population growth in the area.
Pacific Ranch resident Forde Hughes was enthusiastic about the prospect of a new bridge.
"It would cut about 15 minutes off my trip in to town each day depending on school hours or traffic," she said.
"It will alleviate the traffic in Boyne Island and Tannum Sands especially across the bridge."
She said the bridge would be especially beneficial for all the new houses in The Sands and Tannum Blue and any future estates. "It will also save a lot of time for people who work in Gladstone and surrounding areas, and save fuel," she said.
Kevin Hughes, also of Pacific Ranch, said reducing traffic past Boyne Island State School was critical.
"It will reduce the risk of accidents," he said.
"We're surprised a major accident hasn't already happened in that area because of the crazy amount of cars that drive through during school times.
"It will be a great time saver as well - something that no one has enough of these days."
Lyons Residential, developer of The Sands master-planned community in Tannum Sands, has applauded the council's decision to approve a design tender for a second river crossing at Boyne Island.
LR senior development manager Oliver Kent said the future bridge would provide much needed infrastructure to cater for the growing population of Tannum Sands and Boyne Island.
"We have had ongoing dialogue with the council regarding the importance of this new bridge to ensure there is an alternative route to Tannum Sands, as well as alleviate traffic on the existing road network," he said.