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Smoother road ahead for Darcy Edmunds Bridge roadworks

Published: 25 February 2016

Smoother road ahead for Darcy Edmunds Bridge roadworks
A new bridge will built to replace the ageing timber Darcy Edmunds Bridge at Jimboomba.

Logan City Council is making changes to improve traffic conditions around the Darcy Edmunds Bridge work zone in Jimboomba.

Deputy CEO – Roads and Water Infrastructure, Silvio Trinca, said the changes had been developed following input from a working group made up of police, schools, businesses and road operators.

"The working group has 18 government and community representatives, who have provided feedback to us since the project began in January," he said.

"Council is keen to implement solutions to reduce impacts on the community while the bridge replacement is completed.

“We recognise that Jimboomba motorists and the community are feeling the impacts of this project in the short term as we create a safer and more reliable traffic link for the long term."

Mr Trinca said Council had already adjusted the traffic barriers on the corner of Cusack Lane and Brisbane St to help trucks turn more easily, while Johanna St was the next focus.

"The Department of Transport and Main Roads optimised the traffic signals at the intersection of Johanna St and the Mt Lindesay Hwy on 11 February, doubling the time provided for people to go straight or turn right onto the highway from Johanna St during the school drop-off and pick-up periods," he said.

"This has already achieved positive improvements at the intersection.

"Plans are also underway to change the 'through' lane on Johanna St to a combined through/right-turn lane, and a 'keep clear' zone will also be established outside the driveway entrance to Hills.

"This will increase the capacity of Johanna St, and we will assess opportunities for a further improvement to lengthen the left-turn lane for traffic heading north on to the highway after the other measures are put in place."

Council and DTMR have also investigated changing the Spring St/Mt Lindesay Hwy intersection (in front of the school) to be left-turn only while the bridge replacement project happens, and this will be implemented after the Johanna St lane changes are complete.

The Darcy Edmunds Bridge is being replaced to support the ongoing economic development of Jimboomba and surrounding suburbs.

Jointly funded from Council’s 2015/2016 capital roadworks and drainage program and the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme, the $1.4 million bridge is due to be completed in April, weather permitting.

For more information about the project, call 3412 9600.