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11 September, 2021

New bridge on the way

Mossman’s sugarcane industry will now have an easier time carrying their tonnes of sugarcane to and from farms and the mill with the construction of a new bridge underway.

By Rhys Thomas

A new bridge being built will allow for more secure delivery of sugarcane to the local Mossman Sugar Mill over the sugarcane season.

Mossman’s sugarcane industry will now have an easier time carrying their tonnes of sugarcane to and from farms and the mill with the construction of a new bridge underway.

Douglas Shire Council (DSC) fi nished building a new bypass at Anichs Bridge on Finlayvale Road to allow for the construction on the new bridge, upping the load limit to 44 tonnes. 

The new bridge structure has been designed to withstand the battering it suffers from flooding, although it will do nothing to change the frequency of flooding. 

DSC Mayor Michael Keer said the increased load limit would improve safety at the crossing. 

“The steel bridge girders and cross braces are corroded which impacts the ability to safely transport heavy equipment such as cane harvesters, tractors and haulage across the creek,” he said. 

“With cane harvesting completed in that area and a bypass in there, our crews can start closing the existing bridge and working on building a new one.” 

The piles for the new bridge have been ordered and are set to be delivered on site in early September with pile driving scheduled for mid-September.


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