REDUCING IMPACT: The speed limit is reduced to 60km/h at the Lochaber Creek Bridge.
REDUCING IMPACT: The speed limit is reduced to 60km/h at the Lochaber Creek Bridge. TREVOR VEALE/ The

Speed limit reduced at old bridge

DEPARTMENT of Transport and Main Roads has advised that the speed limit on the Burnett Highway at the Lochaber Creek Bridge, south of Eidsvold will be reduced to 60 km/h in the coming days.

Transport and Main Roads District Director Hendrik Roux said that the reduction of speed would maintain the strength of the bridge until it can be replaced.

"This bridge carries a lot of freight traffic and a speed reduction is needed to reduce the impact of heavy vehicles travelling across it," Mr Roux said.

Mr Roux said that works to build a stronger and wider concrete bridge are expected to start later this year and be finished by mid-next year, weather permitting.

"The $9.76 million project is jointly funder under Round Three of the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Program, with the Australian Government contributing $4.88 million and the Queensland Government contributing $4.88 million," he said.

The program provides funding to enhance access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.

Mr Roux said that the new bridge will be a win for the local community.

"The new bridge will greatly improve access on the highway for heavy vehicles moving freight across the state.”

In the meantime new speed reduction signs will be installed at both approaches to the bridge.

Mr Roux urges all motorists to look out for the new signs and be aware of the changed traffic conditions.

"We will also ask police to undertake regular enforcement in the area to ensure motorists are adhering to the new posted speed limit," Mr Roux said.


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