Fiveways Road to remain closed until late 2019

Fiveways Road is expected to remain closed at Sheepstation Creek Bridge until late 2019 after sustaining damage in this year’s North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough event.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council was working to get the road open as quickly as possible.

“During the monsoon, there was wide-spread damage to Council infrastructure throughout the shire. This included structural damage to Sheepstation Creek Bridge,” she said.

“Unfortunately the extent of damage will require an entirely new bridge structure to be built.

“We’ve already engaged an engineering consultant to complete the designs, and the first replacement culverts have been delivered to site.

“Once the design is approved, we will release a tender for the construction of the new bridge.”

Cr McLaughlin said Council would seek disaster assistance for the construction costs.

“Eligible works will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).”

Cr McLaughlin said Council investigated the possibility of a side-track however it was deemed not possible due to safety concerns and site restrictions.

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