SCENIC Rim Regional Council has announced a budget allocation of more than $4 million for replacing and mending bridges across the Scenic Rim in 2019-20.
The upgrades will include replacing timber bridges with concrete and steel structures at Bromelton, Josephville, Tarome, Tabooba and Harrisville.
Mayor Greg Christensen said council was continuing to invest significantly in bridges as part of a long-term strategy to address the high number of ageing timber structures across the region.
"Council remains committed to prioritising the renewal of the region's ageing timber bridges with contemporary concrete or steel structures to help realise the shared community plan vision for an accessible and serviced region," he said.
"We expect that by the end of 2019-20, the number of timber bridges in our regional network will be 63, down from 97 in 2011.
"More contemporary structures constructed with steel and concrete are safer, more resilient, require less maintenance and, importantly, are free of load limits, which is a significant benefit for our rural community which relies on the movement of modern heavy vehicles and farm equipment."
Cr Christensen said the biggest projects in council's 2019-20 bridge program would be the continuation of works from 2018-19, co-funded by council and the Australian government's Bridges Renewal Program to replace S Todd Bridge at Bromelton with an additional allocation of $1.14 million, and Josephville Bridge, Josephville, which has been allocated $762,000.
Other key upcoming projects announced by council included the $780,000 upgrade of a culvert at Tarome Road, Tarome, co-funded by council and the Australian government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
Council said $450,000 has been allocated to works on minor bridge rehabilitation and on major culverts and floodways across the region.
Improvements at Benstead Bridge at Tabooba and Fressers Bridge at Harrisville were each allocated $150,000.