Major delays expected as work begins on Freestone bridge
FREESTONE residents are set to face ongoing road delays as construction on Palmer Bridge began today.
A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman warned residents the roadworks, which will restrict traffic to one lane and cause significant delays, will continue until the project's completion in December.
"Affected local residents will still have access to and from their properties and will need to obey the direction of traffic controllers, workers and signage,” she said.
"Council apologises for any inconvenience and appreciates the cooperation of road users and local residents during this time.”
Resident Kathy Payne said the community was thrilled about the upgrade but worried about what the 123 increased load limit could mean for the area.
"I am concerned it may entice trucks into our quiet country area,” Mrs Payne said.
"With the curves of the road and our farmers coming in and out, it could be dangerous if B-doubles are allowed.”
The project is part of the council and federal government's $1.49 million plan to upgrade the bridge from its previous one-lane timber structure to a two-lane bridge.
The bridge is known for its poor conditions and has previously been the sites of crashes and damages, including those from recent floods.