- Friday 03 February 2017
The latest bridge constructed as part of council’s $253 million Capital Works Program is a concrete structure on Wegner Road in North Arm, which improves safety, reduces maintenance costs and minimises flooding risks.
Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said it was no longer cost effective to maintain the old bridge.
“The old timber bridge had reached the end of its serviceable life, meaning it could no longer be economically maintained to the required safety standards,” Cr Rogerson said.
“The new concrete bridge, which was completed just before Christmas, will last long into the future and require much less maintenance as well as providing a better driving experience for motorists.
“It is also marginally higher, which will improve access along the road and to properties during some flood events.
“We were limited in how high the new bridge could be positioned, as further uplift would have risked flooding issues for upstream properties, but locals should notice a difference next time it floods.
“Council constructed the new bridge in the same position as the old one to avoid clearing and disturbing nearby vegetation.
“This meant we had to close the bridge to traffic for the four months of construction and provide a detour, so I sincerely thank residents for their patience while work was underway.”
Approximately 70m of road on either side of the bridge was also sealed and new guardrails were installed.
The upgrade also included installation of a new roadside shelter, constructed using timber sleepers salvaged from the old bridge.
“The new shelter is positioned on the northern side of the side to provide a tranquil view of the creek,” Cr Rogerson said.
“It will provide a great rest stop for pedestrians, similar to the structure we constructed at Eumundi Range Road last financial year.”