Plan for new Boyne bridge is taking shape

THE plan for a key new bridge across the Boyne is starting to take shape.

Contractors are on the verge of starting site analysis and investigations to gather data for the design of the Hoddinott Bridge.

The investigations at Pioneer Dr on the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands sides of the Boyne River will include site analysis, topographical surveys, geotechnical and hydraulic investigations and analysis.

The initial studies will be carried out over the coming months.

The course of the river requires construction of a 240m bridge over the Boyne River and a 180m bridge over the fork of the river.

The development will include four lanes for incoming and outgoing traffic.

GHD Pty Ltd won the Gladstone Regional Council $2-million tender to progress the bridge plans to construction stage.

The bridge will be named after early Gladstone residents Bob and Jean Hoddinott.

Council Engineering Services portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said although construction of the bridge was years away a lot of planning, approvals and permits were required to progress the design stage.

"A vast amount of site analysis work is needed in these initial stages and a greater presence of contractors will be noticed within the area earmarked for the bridge," Cr Hansen said.

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