Motorists on Winfield Road will welcome the news that two single-lane bridges have been approved for replacement.
Roads and drainage portfolio spokesman Bill Trevor said Council had been seeking funds for several years to upgrade the Middle Creek and Possum Creek bridges.
“It was great to hear the Federal Government has provided $1.4 million from the Bridges Renewal Program for the upgrade of these two single lane bridges,” Cr Trevor said.
“The total project cost is estimated at $4 million and Council will look to fund the shortfall as part of its budget deliberations.”
Divisional representative Cr Jason Bartels welcomed the news.
“Both bridges are timber structures and will be replaced with concrete culverts,” he said.
“Middle Creek will see six 3.3m x 2.4m reinforced concrete box culverts installed, which will allow for two 3.5m sealed traffic lanes and one-metre sealed shoulders.”
Cr Bartels said Possum Creek Bridge, which spans Walsh Creek, would be upgraded with seven 2.7m x 1.5m slab linked box culverts. This would enable the bridge to be widened for two 3.5m sealed traffic lanes and one-metre sealed shoulders.
“The community in the Winfield area needs this upgrade to support their day-to-day travel needs as well as important infrastructure driving the local economy,” Cr Bartels said.
“The Winfield area is home to several large agricultural operations which generate millions in sales each year.
“There’s also a boat ramp for fishers at nearby Baffle Creek and it’s a place of residence for many people who enjoy the idyllic lifestyle.”
Cr Trevor said Council has been widening the approaches to both bridges in advance of proposed works.