Flood-hit bridge reopens in Bundaberg

Vital transport and freight link reopens in Bundaberg, as work continues on reopening flood-affected routes across Queensland

February 14, 2013

A flood-hit bridge that acts as a vital transport and freight link in the Queensland region of Bundaberg has reopened.

Both lanes of the Don Tallon Bridge have reopened to all vehicles. The Department of Transport and Main Roads is finishing off final surface repairs.

Bundaberg suffered extensively in recent flooding that hit Queensland, with houses and businesses being inundated and infrastructure receiving damage.

A temporary steel bridge was erected while the Don Tallon Bridge was closed to traffic.

Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey says Transport and Main Roads did "an incredible job" in getting the bridge reopened so quickly given the amount of damage it incurred.

"It’s a major milestone and I believe we’ve taken another huge step in bringing both communities either side of the Burnett River back together after the devastating flood," he says.

Premier Campbell Newman says flooding across the state affected about 5,845km of roads. He says about 231km of state-controlled roads remain closed.

"Major freight routes reopened within a week of the event, and alternative routes have been identified in all regions. I am advised that the Department of Transport and Main Roads expects to have the state controlled road network open to normal speeds and normal loads within 30 days," he says.

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