Govt considers second bridge over Calliope River

THE State Government is investigating building a second bridge over the Calliope River for heavy vehicles.

Port access via Barney Point will eventually be closed, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads is looking at future access, including a new bridge along the Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd.

The actual construction of the bridge might be a long way off, but the study is intended to help with long-term future planning.

Federal MP Ken O'Dowd said while it might ultimately cost more to build over the Calliope River, the government expected development to be focused on the eastern side of the port.

A second bridge would also provide relief for the existing 40-year-old Calliope River Bridge, which struggled during the construction phase of the LNG plants.

It took three years, $15 million and several closures between 2010 and 2013 to finish the Calliope River Bridge Rehabilitation, after the pylons were found to be deteriorating under the traffic flow and natural corrosion.

That forced residents at Yarwun and Targinnie out to the Calliope Crossroads, and caused major disruption to trucks coming in and out of Gladstone.

The second bridge was also suggested in the Growing Central Queensland Review released by Regional Development Australia in April.

POSSIBLE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE:

  • Linking Biloela through Calliope to the port access road, allowing road train access via Calliope Crossroads
  • Cold storage facilities at Gladstone Port
  • Rail to Fisherman's Landing

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