- Thursday 19 May 2011
Improving traffic flow and flood immunity are the driving forces behind a bridge replacement on Whites Road, Landsborough.
Sunshine Coast Council is set to replace the current single-lane timber bridge on Whites Road with a double-lane concrete bridge. Division 1 Councillor Anna Grosskreutz said the $670,000 project would include realignment of the approach road from the east to improve safety.
"The new bridge will also be raised by approximately one metre to improve its flood immunity," she said.
"The old bridge will stay open to traffic while works are in progress because the new bridge is being built off the existing road alignment."
Cr Grosskreutz said a number of trees would need to be removed to allow for construction of the new bridge.
"The Department of Environment and Resource Management has given council approval for the removal of trees as required and to offset this impact, council will revegetate the site of the old bridge and the old road when the new bridge is complete," she said.
"Council contractors will only remove the minimum number of trees necessary to ensure driver and pedestrian safety on the newly aligned bridge approach."
Asset Management and Works Portfolio Councillor Ted Hungerford said new Whites Road bridge project was part of council’s 10-year bridge replacement program that maintained a watch on around 400 bridges across the region, including 180 road bridges.
"Council will continue to commit between $3 million and $8 million per year to replace aging timber bridges and in some cases failing concrete bridge infrastructure," he said.
"The current timber bridge on White Road, Landsborough is one of 80 timber bridges that council will replace over the next few decades with concrete bridges that require very little maintenance and have a 100+ year design lifespan."
The project is due to start in the week commencing 30 May 2011 and completion is anticipated within 12 weeks (weather permitting).
During construction, property access may be affected for short durations. Council officers will contact residents, where relevant, to discuss timing for access or parking if work is likely to block entrances.
Traffic management measures will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists.