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$1.4 million bridge replacement supports growth in Jimboomba

Published: 13 January 2016

$1.4 million bridge replacement supports growth in Jimboomba
A new bridge will built to replace the ageing timber Darcy Edmunds Bridge at Jimboomba.

The $1.4 million replacement of Darcy Edmunds Bridge in the Jimboomba town centre has begun this week, creating a safer and more reliable link for businesses and residents in the growing region.

Logan City Council Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairperson, Councillor Don Petersen, said the existing timber and concrete bridge on Brisbane St (near the intersection with Cusack Lane) had reached the end of its service life and was currently subject to a 25-tonne load restriction.

"It needs to be replaced to ensure the safety of motorists and other bridge users in the future and support the ongoing economic development of Jimboomba and surrounding suburbs," he said.

“The project is being jointly funded from Council’s 2015/2016 Capital Roadworks and Drainage program and the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme, and I am very proud of the cooperation to get this strategic project started.

"The bridge is an important link in the Jimboomba town centre and is frequently used by local people accessing the retail, school and commercial areas.”

Division 11 Councillor, Trevina Schwarz, welcomed the project and asked local residents and motorists for their patience while the project was completed.

“The new bridge will open up transport routes that will support local businesses, residents and growth in the area,” she said.

"The bridge will be closed while the replacement project occurs so it can be completed as quickly as possible.

"Drivers will still be able to access Cusack Lane and its businesses as well as the Jimboomba Convenience Centre, and detours around the work zone will be provided."

Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz, said it was due time the bridge was replaced as traffic increased amid growth in Jimboomba.

“I was pleased that we were successful in gaining funding for the project,” he said.

“It’s been a bugbear for locals for many years, so its replacement will benefit the whole community, not only now, but in the future as well.”

The majority of construction works will be carried out during the day from Monday to Saturday, however some night works may be required at times for certain activities including delivery of large bridge components and asphalting works. Affected residents and businesses will receive advance written notice before any night works happen.

Construction works will involve demolition of the existing bridge, excavation of the rock cutting and construction of a new arched concrete bridge, retaining walls and associated infrastructure.

The project is expected to be completed in April 2016, weather and construction conditions permitting.

For more information about the project, call 3412 9600.