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Hope new bridge to withstand future floods

By Sharnie Kim, Friday December 7, 2012 - 12:56 EDT

A flood-damaged bridge at Mitchell, on southern Queensland's Western Downs, should be reopened next year.

Construction will begin next week on Mitchell's Maranoa River Bridge after flooding seriously damaged it.

Kym Murphy from the Department of Transport says the higher and wider design of the new bridge will help it withstand future floods.

"The bridge was damaged beyond repair," he said.

"We had scouring around the piles, the handrails were completely bent over and had lots of debris, lots of big trees.

"As a result we thought that even though we already had the replacement of the Maranoa River Bridge in Mitchell in our program, we decided to fast-track the design and construction of this bridge.

"We've got about 12 new bridge piles to put in the river as well as six new bridge piles on the riverbank.

"We have raised the bridge deck height another 900 millimetres, so that will ensure that we have a lot better flood immunity for our residents out there in Mitchell."


- ABC

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