Scenic Rim will see four bridges replaced in next 12 months
A RECORD $18.62 million investment in infrastructure improvement will drive the council's roads program in 2015-16, forming part of a $22.68 million commitment to road and bridge projects across the region.
Mayor John Brent said his council had budgeted more than $6.6 million for the maintenance of roads and bridges.
He said a further $12 million was allocated to road reconstruction and renewal throughout the region.
"The improvement of Scenic Rim's road and bridge network remains an absolute priority of this Council," Cr Brent said.
"Since 2010-11, Council has increased spending on roads and bridges by more than 40% from $16.07 million to $22.68 million in the forthcoming year."
"It reflects our commitment to the Scenic Rim community that infrastructure repair and renewal is appropriately funded to ensure a safe and sustainable road network.
"It is a significant task as Council is responsible for a sealed and unsealed regional road network spanning more than 1700 kilometres across a geographic footprint of some 3400 square kilometres."
In 2015-16, $2.86 million has also been allocated for bitumen road resealing and more than $2 million for resheeting gravel roads and shoulders.
More than $4 million will be invested in the replacement and rehabilitation of bridges throughout the Scenic Rim in 2015-16.
Cr Brent said the council was continuing to deliver on the goals of its bridges strategy which focused on replacing the region's ageing timber bridges with more resilient concrete or steel structures. Four bridges are planned for replacement in 2015-16 at a cost of more than $2.8 million.
"By the end of 2015-16, Council expects to have replaced close to 20% of the ageing timber bridges within the Scenic Rim. We will have achieved this within the space of six years, an impressive feat by any measure," Cr Brent said.
"Council recognised some years ago that we needed to have a long-term program in place to maintain and progressively replace the numerous timber bridges across the region, some of which date back over 60 years. I think our achievements in delivering on this will stand as an important legacy of this Council."
He said the council was responsible for 135 bridges and since 2011 had reduced the number of timber bridges on that list from 97 to 86.
Cr Brent said the council expected to finalise the balance of its disaster restoration program arising from 2013's ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald by the end of the 2014-15 year.
Key expenditure for 2015-16 includes:
- Roads and bridges: $22.68m
- Waste operations: $6.41m.
- Vibrant Towns and Villages: $1m.
- Community and culture: $4.80m.
- Facilities: $5.83m.
- Parks and gardens: $2.54m.
- Planning: $2.79m.
- Health, building and environment: $4.31m.