Einasleigh River Bridge

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Einasleigh River Bridge
Carries Motor vehicles,
Crosses Einasleigh River
Locale Far North Queensland, Australia
Preceded by Low set bridge
Characteristics
Design Viaduct
Material Prestressed concrete
Total length 416 metres (1,365 ft)
Width 9 metres (30 ft)
Longest span 12.6 m
Number of spans 33[1]
Clearance below 8.5 metres (28 ft)
History
Construction begin June 2010[2]
Construction end 20 January 2011

The Einasleigh River Bridge is a road bridge over the Einasleigh River on the Gulf Developmental Road, in the Far North Queensland, Australia, located 53 kilometres east of Georgetown and 36 km west of Mount Surprise. The bridge is part of the only sealed (asphalt) road linking Cairns and Normanton in the Gulf Savannah region.[3]

The new high set bridge was constructed to flood-proof the Gulf Country. It replaced an existing low level bridge which was designed for inundation. The old bridge was flooded in every wet season. In 2009 it was under water for 40 days after the biggest flood on record. During flooding of the old Einasleigh River Bridge, most communities across the Gulf Shires were inaccessible by road and the emergency supplies had to be provided by helicopter.

The bridge was built by the Etheridge Shire Council and was funded through the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.[4] It was opened by the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Simon Crean on 20 January 2011.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bridge Under Way" (PDF). Richard Tomkies (Northern Herald). 18 June 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Second Bridge for Flood Prone Qld Gulf Region" (PDF). Derek Tipper (Senator the Hon Jan McLucas). 11 June 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Minister makes trip across North West". Department of the Premier and Cabinet (Queensland Government). 29 September 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Einasleigh River bridge could be key to Bob Katter's decision on which party to support". Peter Michael and Michael Madigan (The Courier-Mail). 7 September 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "$18 million Einasleigh Bridge officially opened". Minister for Regional Australia. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 

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Coordinates: 18°11′08.40″S 144°00′29.91″E / 18.1856667°S 144.0083083°E / -18.1856667; 144.0083083