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QUEENSLAND Rail is replacing three timber rail bridges on the main line west of Laidley.
As part of this project, ageing timber bridges will be replaced with steel and concrete structures to improve reliability, operational safety and efficiency of services on the rail corridor.
The current rail height will be maintained at each location.
Queensland Rail has used Lockyer Valley Regional Council's flood modelling data to assist with the design of the new Laidley bridges. The existing waterway openings under each bridge will be maintained or increased.
Construction has been scheduled to minimise disruption to passengers and rail freight, with stage one of works to be undertaken after hours, during a planned track closure from 11.30pm on Friday, June 19 to 12.30am on Monday, June 22.
During this 48-hour period, the old bridges will be removed and replaced with concrete structures.
Similar timings for around-the-clock works are planned for track closures on the weekends of July 4-6 and August 1-3.
For these after hours work periods, nearby residents may experience some noise from truck movements and construction activity, and will see cranes and lighting during night activities.
Queensland Rail apologises for any inconvenience and thanks stakeholders and the local community for their cooperation during these important works.
Replacement of all three Laidley timber rail bridges is anticipated to be completed by September.
This article first appeared on www.thechronicle.com.au
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