One Mile Bridge repairs closer to being started
WORK to restore the One Mile Bridge is expected to start soon with a tender for the project to be announced in the near future.
The State and Federal governments have contributed most of the funding for the $3.9 million project to repair the bridge, with Ipswich City Council coughing up $300,000.
The bitumen roadway and other parts of the bridge were badly damaged by the flooding Bremer River in January 2013.
After the floodwaters subsided and the bridge was able to be used again, the left lane outbound from the CBD was closed to traffic.
The lane has stayed closed while design work and negotiations were finalised with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.
More than 20,000 vehicles use the bridge every day and the repairs have been designed to minimise damage from any future flooding.
That includes concrete armouring to reduce the pressure of floodwaters. One Mile Bridge is the prime link to Leichhardt, Churchill and One Mile, which were cut off during flood events.
The bridge also serves as a main road to RAAF Base Amberley, the new Wulkuraka rail maintenance facility and industrial precincts.
Ipswich City Council sought tenders from contractors to undertake the re-construction and improvement of the southern approach of the One Mile Bridge.
The works will include roads, embankment stabilisation, retaining walls and bridge repairs.
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli expects to announce the project tender and a starting date for work "in the near future."
Of the funding, $1.9 million will be set aside for "betterment projects" to ensure the bridge can better handle future floods.
Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said the state and federal funding would mean $1.5 million for repairs, $1.9 million for betterment and a further contribution of $500,000 from the State Government.
"The idea is to give them a little more money so, when they repair it, they're not just doing what they've done twice before," he said.
Mr Choat said there would be a new surface on the road and improvements made to the river banks around the bridge.