- Wednesday 19 June 2013
Crossing the Mary River will soon be safer and easier for Moy Pocket residents, with the $4 million upgrade of Pickering Bridge now underway.
Sunshine Coast Council Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson and State Member for Gympie David Gibson said the much needed upgrade would be a significant improvement for the residents and quarry vehicle drivers that travel along the road each day.
“This $4 million upgrade will improve parts of Moy Pocket Road and replace the single lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete bridge that will be much safer for local traffic and quarry trucks,” Cr Rogerson said.
“The new bridge will be higher than the existing timber structure but may still incur some flooding, as the terrain makes it unreasonably expensive to build high enough to avoid it completely.
“The existing bridge will remain open while the new one is constructed but some delays are expected.
“Funding has been contributed by the state government, Sunshine Coast Council and Gympie Regional Council, highlighting the importance of the strong relationships between governments.”
Mr Gibson said the state government had provided $3 million towards the vital project.
“The new bridge is a win for locals as they will have a safer, better quality bridge,” Mr Gibson said.
“This bridge is also important for our construction industry as it guarantees the delivery of supplies for the current Bruce Highway upgrades.”
Gympie Regional Council Division 8 Councillor Julie Walker said the new bridge would improve connectivity in the Mary Valley.
“This bridge will be wonderful for the whole Mary Valley as it is one of the major through roads in the area.”
The new bridge will be built on the downstream side of the existing bridge and construction is expected to be completed in late 2013.
Council carried out environmental assessments and targeted community consultation for this project.