31 August, 2022
Funding sought for crossings on Toogoolawah Biarra Road
SOMERSET Regional Council will seek funding to replace, widen and realign major crossings on Toogoolawah Biarra Road at Biarra.
Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke (pictured) said the funding application seeks to make further road improvements.
“Council has previously been successful with a $3.5M funding application under the Australian Government’s Preparing Australian Communities Program to widen some of our key evacuation routes including Toogoolawah Biarra Road, Ivory Creek Road and Main Street in Lowood but this 50% funding does not cover the cost of replacing the two Biarra crossings,” Cr Brieschke said.
“We will now apply for funding to design and construct two new crossings at Biarra under the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and as with all these proposals, there is always a local contribution required, which Council needs to put forward.
“This project may exceed $5 million given the existing alignments of the crossings that need to be corrected.”
Cr Brieschke said the Toogoolawah Biarra Road together with an upgraded Esk Crows Nest Road represent a strategic opportunity for Somerset in moving people and goods safely and efficiently between our region and the Toowoomba and Western Downs regions.
“We are grateful for the funding support of both the State and Federal Governments in helping connect our community and business with upcoming upgrades to Esk Crows Nest Road and Toogoolawah Biarra Road,” she said.