Sweet upgrade for vital sugar cane transport route

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

A key upgrade is now complete on the Warners Bridge near Mossman, providing a welcome boost for farmers and heavy vehicle operators just in time for the 2023 sugarcane crush.

The new bridge, which passes over Cassowary Creek on Warner Road south-east of the Far North township, now has an increased 44 tonne load limit – making it more suitable to handling heavier vehicles such as sugarcane harvesters, tractors and other machinery.

The $1.25 million bridge replacement project was jointly funded through the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program (BRP), with the Australian Government contributing $625,000 and Douglas Shire Council also tipping in $625,000.

The old timber bridge will remain open for passage by sugarcane trains.

Warners Bridge is the second rural crossing in the region to recently receive an upgrade, after Council completed the new Anich’s Bridge on Finlayvale Road last year, also jointly funded with the Australian Government through the BRP.

Applications for BRP funding are accepted all year round from state, territory and local governments, to provide flexibility and allow projects to be submitted when they will most benefit the community.

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