Bridge announcement for town divided in two
EIDSVOLD has proven the value of community activism in lobbying for change, with the announcement that the decayed footbridge over Harkness Boundary Creek will be replaced.
"It's a small little asset but it means a lot to the community,” Eidsvold local Sheridan Newman said.
That passion was on display in January, when around 20 residents turned out for a demonstration at the bridge.
"It's a main access point in an otherwise divided town,” Mrs Newman said.
"Just in the time I've been here today, I've seen four tourists cross on the Burnett Highway shoulder and three students use the (unsafe) footbridge.
"It seems so simple, it should have a simple solution.”
Under the State Government's Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019-20 to 2022-23, $307,000 has been allocated to construct a 2.5m-wide shared path for cyclists and pedestrians connecting Eidsvold's town centre to the RM Williams Bush Learning Centre.
Mrs Newman said this will have the added benefit of connecting the Showgrounds with the Bush Learning Centre, as despite their close proximity, the two are currently difficult to travel between.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the proposed shared path crosses the existing footbridge over Harkness Boundary Creek, which will be upgraded as part of the works.
The project is funded under TMR's Active Transport Investment program, to "encourage more people to ride, more often.”
Council said it is in the process of procuring consultants to design the bridge and submitting the design to TMR for approval.
Council will carry out the works.