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Council celebrates opening of new bridge

Published: 3 February 2017

Council celebrates opening of new bridge

Motorists travelling through Logan Village will be able to access the new look Miller Bridge following the bridge’s opening today

Logan City Council replaced the ageing Miller Bridge with a new concrete structure and adjoining road pavement at a cost of $3 million.

Additional road pavement works have been progressing simultaneously east of Fryar Rd and these works are expected to be completed by the end of February.

Until then a temporary light vehicle traffic detour will operate via Fryar Rd, Lavelle Drive and Latimer Rd.

Council has already put in place some upgrades in Lavelle Drive to support this temporary diversion.

Trucks and other larger vehicles are however still required to use the Stegemann Rd detour until the bridge is fully open.

Following completion of all roadworks the full length of Lavelle Drive will also be resurfaced, finishing out the significant enhancements in this area.

Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairman Councillor Phil Pidgeon said Council was pleased to deliver the new infrastructure for the community.

“Use of the old timber bridge had increased over recent years and it was carrying about 3,000 vehicles a day across Quinzeh Creek but had reached the end of its lifespan,” Cr Pidgeon said.

"Unfortunately roads and bridges don’t last forever and need to be replaced at some stage.

"The load capacity of the bridge had been an issue in recent years and structural concerns mandated it was time for an upgrade.

“The new structure is a significant enhancement and includes increased lane widths and enhanced pedestrian facilities.

“The new bridge will be able to cope with increasing traffic volumes in the local area well into the future.”

Division 4 Councillor Laurie Koranski thanked motorists for the patience they had shown during construction.

“We realise the process impacted on the community but the new structure has been well worth the wait,” Cr Koranski said.

“Leading up to the construction we upgraded nearby Stegemann Rd at a cost of $450,000.”

Cr Koranski said a concrete path also had been built on the northern side of the bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

"This is an important link for the area, so it's essential that Council provides a low-maintenance bridge to ensure this connection for the future," she said.

The project was funded through Council’s Capital Roadworks and Drainage program.