Progress on Alan Wilke Bridge rebuild

Published: 11 May 2017

Progress on Alan Wilke Bridge rebuild
The flood damaged Alan Wilke Bridge at Wolffdene will take months to rebuild.

Work is underway to repair the Alan Wilke Bridge which was severely damaged by flood waters bordering the City of Logan and the City of Gold Coast.

City of Gold Coast has begun structural assessments and design for repairs to the Alan Wilke Bridge at Stanmore Road.

The Stanmore Road river crossing was one of the worst affected pieces of infrastructure across both cities, with its eastern approach collapsing and severe erosion caused by flood waters widening the Albert River.

Logan’s Mayor Luke Smith and City of Gold Coast Acting Mayor Donna Gates said every effort would be made to re-open the bridge as quickly as possible.

“The closure of the bridge is having a significant impact on the people who use it, adding to their travel times and moving traffic onto nearby roads,” Mayor Luke Smith said.

“Our Councils are working together to restore the local road network as soon as we can but public safety is our number one priority.

“Parts of Logan and the Gold Coast are still recovering from a natural disaster so we ask our residents and motorists to bear with us as we get on with repairing the bridge.”

Acting Mayor Donna Gates said the City of Gold Coast has ordered a structural report of the Alan Wilke Bridge and started a re-design on the repair work required.

“We are working on a solution that will deliver the best possible bridge design to fast track the opening of the bridge,” she said.

“We have also applied for the cost of the repairs – which are still unknown at this stage – to be funded jointly by the Federal and State governments via Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

“If the weather is kind to us then we expect the Alan Wilke Bridge to be open by the end of the year, but sooner hopefully.

“In the meantime, we just ask people to be familiar with the preferred detours in the area and to keep an eye out for updates on the works.”

“I can assure residents of both of our cities that we will do everything we can to get this work done as soon as possible.”

Logan City Council also began work in late April on Chardon Bridge, removing the old bridge, which connects Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road and Plunkett Road in Cedar Creek.

Mayor Smith said Logan City Council, the City of Gold Coast and the Federal Government had already budgeted to replace the Chardon Bridge in the first half of this year.

“The floods have not affected our plans for Chardon Bridge and works are underway.” he said.

“Council is making every effort to minimise disruption to the local community as much as practical.

“We expect the new Chardon Bridge will be open to the public in September 2017.”

A signed traffic detour is in place around the work zone via Chardon Bridge Road, Veivers Road and Beenleigh-Beaudesert Road. An alternative route is also available via Plunkett Road and Waterford-Tamborine Road for motorists travelling south.