The Tummaville Road bridge replacement project across the North Branch of the Condamine River this week (May 6) was officially opened.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio, Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Infrastructure Services Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor and TRC Infrastructure Services portfolio leader Cr Melissa Taylor opened the $2.5 million bridge replacement project at Kincora, south-east of Brookstead.

Mayor Antonio said Council was grateful for the Australian Government’s financial contribution to the vital upgrade project.

“Council is responsible for a vast infrastructure network across our 13,000km² Region and appreciates the contribution that ensures we keep upgrading infrastructure for residents across our rural localities as well as urban areas,” Mayor Antonio said.

Cr Carol Taylor said the project had improved road accessibility and safety for the local community.

“Council replaced the former single-lane timber bridge, which was closed to traffic in 2018, with a two-lane, multi-span concrete bridge to improve local accessibility and road safety for motorists and surrounding residents,” Cr Taylor said.

tummavillebridgeweb“Following the completion of the design work, the old, damaged timber bridge was demolished and removed.

“Service relocations were undertaken, and Council crews worked on the temporary piling platforms.

“These were used by the piling contractor to handle and drive the precast concrete piles that formed the bridge foundations.

“Following the completion of the piling installation works, Council completed the concrete construction for the bridge in line with our program to open it to traffic by the first quarter of 2021.

“The existing timber bridge was demolished, and a new concrete bridge was constructed on the existing alignment. The new bridge has been designed to accommodate large agricultural machinery, higher productivity vehicles and improves flood immunity for the area.

“Council is appreciative of the $700,000 contribution received through the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program, Round 4, towards this project.

“Council assigned $1.775 million in its 2020/21 Budget to the project.

“Council is very grateful for the community’s patience and cooperation during the bridge’s closure and the subsequent construction phase.

“I also acknowledge and thank the contractors who worked on the project and Council’s construction crews for their collaborative efforts.”

Right: Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio (front right), Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Infrastructure Services Committee chair Cr Carol Taylor (centre front) and TRC Infrastructure Services portfolio leader Cr Melissa Taylor (front left) with TRC Deputy Mayor Cr Geoff McDonald (middle centre) and TRC Infrastructure Services Group executives and construction crews at the opening of the $2.5 million Tummaville Road bridge replacement project.

Top: TRC Construction crew members (from left) Lachlan Schilf, Findlay Gourlay, Beau Partridge, Michael Bailey and coordinator Jeff Heit assess the completed project.