Work on the new Anichs Bridge near Mossman has been completed despite a busy sugarcane harvest season and multiple flood events.
The old Anichs Bridge has been replaced with a new crossing that has a 44 tonne load rating, 100-year life and greater flood resilience than the previous bridge.
The new structure is designed to better withstand being flooded and hit with debris, speeding up the ability to re-open the crossing after floods.
The $1.09 million project was co-funded by the Australian Government and Douglas Shire Council under the Bridges Renewal Program.
The crossing also provides access for tourists visiting Silky Oaks Lodge.
Quotes attributable to Federal Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Minister Kristy McBain:
“This project is a great example of what the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal investment is all about – upgrading and replacing bridges to connect communities and reduce freight costs for businesses.
“Good infrastructure investment creates jobs, builds opportunity and unlocks economic growth and productivity.
“Resilient and reliable transport is the backbone of the nation, and this is a fantastic example of our investment benefitting the Mossman region.”
Quotes attributable to Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr:
“Completing the upgrade to the sugarcane route was an extra sweet achievement for Douglas Shire Council, whose crew worked with local contractors to complete construction and manage disruptions to the cane harvest.
“Council is really proud of our staff who built the new bridge in challenging conditions through COVID-19 and contended with three different flood events during construction.
“We also worked with our local growers and the Mossman Mill to minimise disruption and put in a temporary bypass to allow access through construction.”