North Pine River at Armstrong Creek

North Pine River at Armstrong Creek – Road & Rail Bridges after the flood in September 1955

The Dayboro Times and Moreton Mail of 18th July 1953 reported “PINE SHIRE COUNCIL ENGINEER’S REPORT…McKenzie’s Bridge – Dayboro – Plan and estimate for the re-decking and extending of this bridge are submitted herewith…” 

It has often been said that the road bridge washed away which is not what happened.  A flood which occurred in September 1955 tore away the northern river bank changing the course of the river.  The road bridge was still there but was no longer of any use.  The Dayboro Railway line had closed on 1st July 1955 and the rail bridge which was higher and longer was able to be used as a “temporary” bridge.

It was the “temporary” bridge for over 20 years.  The Pine & Peninsula Record of 15th December 1976 reported “$800,000 Bridge for Dayboro:  Work will start early next year on construction of a new bridge on the main Dayboro-Samford Road.  The existing bridge, a converted railway crossing, will be replaced after about 20 years service…The two-lane concrete bridge will be constructed above flood level.”

Not before time many people said – and not above flood level.