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28 December, 2021

Bridge planning project

INVESTIGATIONS into long-term solutions for the Barron River bridge at Kuranda are set to get underway, with a new contract awarded to engineering firm, Arup.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said the company had played an important part in previous investigations and repairs into the bridge. 

“Earlier this year we undertook some structural repairs, which allowed us to reopen both lanes over the Barron River bridge,” Mr Crawford said. 

“Now, Arup will complete a $2.1 million planning project to identify the best option for a safe, efficient crossing over the Barron River. 

“This will confirm the preferred alignment and scope of a replacement bridge, including a viable delivery strategy that also considers the ongoing management and rehabilitation of the existing structure. 

“While traffic is flowing well again, we need to prepare for the future."

Mr Crawford said the project would complement the planned roll out of Intelligent Transport Systems on the range. 

“We will install the hi-tech system between Smithfield and Rainforestation Nature Park, Kuranda, to improve driver safety and road reliability,” he said.

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