Monument now open to public
THE explosion monument out at Angellala Creek is now complete and ready for the community or passer-bys to view.
The monument 27km south of Charleville on the Mitchell Highway commemorates the explosion that devastated the bridge in 2014.
Erection of the monument and access road construction were completed on April 22.
Director of Engineering Services Bill Kirby worked as Project Manager and said the monument symbolises the bridge and the information boards provided represent the human and historic aspects of the site.
“There were six of the old rail bridge pylons left after demolition of the damaged rail bridge,” he said.
“I thought the best way to represent the bomb site in an interesting way was to erect these in a hexagonal pattern in a location which suited visitors.”
Although the construction only took a few weeks, Mr Kirby said much effort was put into the planning and design phase.
“We had to ensure adequate structural design and that dimensions and tolerances on components were correct,” he said.
“Most time was taken up with pre construction approvals.”
The monument was the brainchild of former Mayor Denis Cook and was funded by Murweh Shire Council and developed by a team of local contractors and Council staff.
That team included:
Cosmos Centre staff; Information Boards and history of events.
Jacob Barton, Structural Engineer; Foundation design.
Council Works staff, Monument and Bridge roadworks.
Council Workshop Staff and Youngs Welding Works; Steelwork manufacture, assembly, erection and painting.
Charleville Concrete; Detour removal, concrete works and monument erection.
The new bridge and roads were designed and funded by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.