A new Wagners composite fibre footbridge has been installed in Dalby, Queensland to replace the original timber ‘Mercy Bridge’, which was severely damaged in the 2013 Western Downs floods.

Officially opened in July this year by The Honourable Bruce Scott MP Federal Member for Maranoa, the new Mercy Bridge is a 24-metre long composite fibre structure, and the first of its kind in the Western Downs.

Western Downs Regional Mayor Ray Brown explains that Mercy Bridge is an important and well-used community asset that provides easy access across Myall Creek. Following the damage caused by last year’s floods, the Council sought to rebuild the bridge to not only provide a safe crossing for residents, but also to ensure a stronger weatherproof structure with the resilience to survive future floods.

The composite fibre footbridge constructed by Wagners will provide Dalby residents and visitors with a long-term solution that complements the landscape and allows debris to flow easily through Myall Creek during times of heavy rainfall and floods.

Installed at various locations in Australia and the United States, Wagners’ CFT bridges and walkways offer several advantages over conventional bridge structures including easy assembly, light weight at a fraction of the weight of traditional building materials, and extreme durability.

Wagners’ composite fibre footbridges are made from polymers (plastics) and reinforced glass fibres, delivering increased reliability and lower whole of life costs, and are widely preferred in government and industry infrastructure projects.

Suitable for all environments and load conditions, Wagners also offers high strength composite fibre beams to replace timber frames in road bridges. Individual timber girders can be replaced with Wagners’ beams without requiring the large investment of complete replacement.

Wagners CFT projects have been completed in accordance with Australian Standards (Austroads 92 and AS5100) as well as AASHTO and British Standards.