Jul 14, 2013

New Mitchell Bridge opens

Construction of the new Sir Thomas Mitchell Bridge over the Maranoa River is now complete with the bridge opening almost a year earlier than scheduled.

The Sir Thomas Mitchell Bridge is a critical link for south-western Queensland communities, as well as the livestock and transport industries.

The new bridge, located a few metres downstream from the existing bridge built in the 1950s, will align with Mitchell’s main street delivering better traffic flow and safer driving conditions for motorists.

While all road users will benefit, the new bridge will also allow the movement of Type 2 road trains which will deliver significant economic benefits to the local freight and livestock industries.

I congratulate the project team on their incredible job bringing the new bridge to completion almost a year earlier than scheduled.

The bridge is 900 millimetres higher and over three metres wider than the old bridge, with a dedicated pedestrian crossing and lighting. This will provide safe and reliable access for pedestrians across the Maranoa River.

The $16.8 million bridge is part of the Warrego Highway – Roma to Mitchell project, which is jointly funded by the Federal (over $44 million) and Queensland (over $14 million) governments.