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$2.6 million bridge replacement set to start

Published: 17 August 2016

$2.6 million bridge replacement set to start
Cr Phil Pidgeon and Cr Laurie Koranski inspecting the existing bridge.

Changed traffic conditions will be in place at Logan Village as the $2.6 million replacement of the ageing Miller Bridge starts later this month.

Logan City Council Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Councillor Phil Pidgeon, said the existing timber bridge carried about 3,000 vehicles a day across Quinzeh Creek, but motorists would need to follow detours while the new bridge is built.

"Unfortunately roads and bridges do not last forever, and need to be replaced at some stage," Cr Pidgeon said.

"Miller Bridge is quite old and has been deteriorating as a result, so it will be demolished to make way for a new bridge.

"Although it currently has a 39-tonne load restriction, this has been reduced to as little as eight tonnes in the past due to engineering concerns.

"Council has no choice but to bite the bullet and replace the timber bridge with a new concrete structure before the bridge capacity deteriorates further.”

To cut down the construction time, Miller Rd will be closed between Steele Rd and Fryar Rd, with an alternative route available via Latimer Rd and Stegemann Rd to get to and from Waterford-Tamborine Rd.

Motorists should allow extra time for their journeys and drive to the conditions.

Cr Pidgeon said Council had commissioned a $450,000 upgrade to Stegemann Rd to improve safety and access on the detour route in preparation for the bridge replacement project.

"We have also been liaising with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to ensure we minimise impacts to the intersection of Waterford-Tamborine Rd and Stegemann Rd," he said.

"Traffic signals will be used at the intersection during the peak times of 6am to 9am and 2pm to 6pm, and a reduced speed limit will be in place on Waterford-Tamborine Rd."

Division 4 Councillor, Laurie Koranski, said a concrete path would be built on the northern side of the bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders as part of the project.

"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.

"We realise this will bring inconvenience for drivers while construction takes place, but we ask people to be patient while the bridge is built."

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. Nearby residents and businesses will receive advance written notice before any night works occur.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2017, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The project is being funded from Council’s Capital Roadworks and Drainage program.

For more information about the project, call 3412 9600.