Tallon Bridge will have one lane open this week
UPDATE: Work is ahead of schedule to repair the Tallon Bridge in Bundaberg after it was severely damaged by record flooding.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson, along with Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor Mal Forman, today welcomed news that Transport and Main Roads crews and army engineers would have the bridge partially opened later this week.
"Last week's flooding washed away the bridge abutment wall on the northern side, leaving a large hole in one of Bundaberg's main thoroughfares," Mr Emerson said.
"Crews have been working under the bridge over the weekend to secure gas lines and untangle debris.
"The army will secure temporary spans across the damaged section to allow the bridge to be opened by the middle of next week, two weeks ahead of schedule."
Mr Emerson said it was important to address the impact the weather has had on local roads as many now had weakened surfaces, potholes and other serious damage.
"In the wider Wide Bay Burnett region, eight roads are closed to traffic, with the remaining roads open with caution," he said.
"The fact that so many roads and bridges across the region have reopened is a tribute to the TMR staff. Many of them have been directly affected by the flooding, yet they have still been working around the clock to reopen key transport links to keep vital freight moving."
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EARLIER: Transport minister Scott Emerson and Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman spoke at a press conference this morning and announced that Tallon Bridge will have one lane open on Friday.
It was also announced that Tallon Bridge should be fully operational by the middle of next week.