Drivers can now cross the Wahpunga Lane Bridge in Kin Kin after it received a major revamp.
It is the second Hinterland bridge to be replaced under the Bridges Renewal Program funded by the Australian Government and Noosa Council.
Federal Minister Kristy McBain says the program funds the upgrade and replacement of bridges across Australia, to enhance access and improve travel through local communities.
“This Hinterland bridges project will support local communities and holiday makers to travel in greater safety, and assist businesses to send and receive their products and services more efficiently,” Ms McBain says.
Noosa Mayor, Clare Stewart adds that over $4.2 million has been spent on vital Hinterland bridge infrastructure under this program, with the replacement of both the Tablelands Bridge B in Cooran and Wahpunga Lane Bridge in Kin Kin.
“Bridges are key pieces of infrastructure that keep our Hinterland communities moving and we are really pleased to have the Wahpunga Lane Bridge reopen to motorists,” Cr Stewart says.
“Construction at this site was significantly impacted by the February and May flood events, extending the construction window beyond what was originally scheduled, and we thank the community for their patience with the additional period of traffic diversion.
“The great news is that our Hinterland communities have a new concrete bridge which is safer with guard rails along the edge, has improved road alignment, reduced maintenance costs and a design life of 100 years.
“Work is also underway on a third Hinterland bridge in Cooroy and Council expects the Cooroy Belli Creek Road Bridge replacement to be completed in late October, pending favourable weather and construction conditions,” Cr Stewart says.
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