New bridge at water crossing on Kilkivan to Kingaroy
Posted on 16/10/21
Gympie Regional Council has advised that the low level bridge over a perennial water crossing on the Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail at Wide Bay Creek (some 225 NW of Brisbane) has now been completed. Council obtained matching funding from the Queensland State Government for a total of $283,500 to design and call tenders for construction of the bridge. Construction commenced in July and was completed by the end of September. This crossing had presented a major obstacle on the trail about six kilometres out from the trailhead at Kilkivan. Water levels constantly fluctuate at this point, varying from dry to waist deep, depending on rainfall.
The design of the bridge has caused concern from Rail Trails Australia and rail trail users over the use of steps and a steep ramp. Gympie Regional Council has responded to enquiries of the design by stating that the bridge is designed to be inundated during rainfall events and is for the use of walkers and mountain bikers. Horse riders are expected to walk their steeds through the crossing beside the bridge.
A Council Planning Officer has acknowledged concerns over the design with a statement (29/09/2021) saying “Council is presently considering suitable solutions to improve the usability of this bridge, most specifically relating to the access ramps and stairs of the bridge where they meet the gravel trail.” RTA looks forward to these concerns being addressed.