New bridge opens to traffic

Published: 9 October 2017

New bridge opens to traffic
Councillor Laurie Koranski, Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen and Councillor Phil Pidgeon at the re-opened Chardon Bridge.

A vital link between Cedar Creek and Wolffdene has been re-built in a joint project between Logan City Council, City of Gold Coast and the Australian Government.

Logan City Council City Infrastructure Chairman, Cr Phil Pidgeon said the replacement of Chardon Bridge was now completed and today it was re-opened to traffic.

Cr Pidgeon said the $3.2 million replacement of the former timber bridge had begun in mid-April to ensure the ongoing safety of motorists and other bridge users.

“The old bridge has been replaced with a new two-lane reinforced concrete bridge,” he said.

“As well as the bridge replacement, road pavement rehabilitation works were also undertaken on the approaches to the bridge and new road drainage, guard rails and signage were installed.”

The new bridge is approximately six metres higher than the previous structure to reduce flooding impacts during wet weather events with a two-metre wide pedestrian path on the north-eastern side of the bridge.

Cr Pidgeon said Council wanted to thank the community for the patience they had shown during the construction works.

“To allow these works to proceed, it was necessary to put in place a number of diversions and while these may have caused some disruptions to motorists we hope that they now appreciate the new structure,” he said.

“The new bridge will provide them with improved access.”

Division 4 Councillor Laurie Koranski said Chardon Bridge was an important connection for parts of our rural and semi-rural communities.

"Chardon Bridge is a critical piece of infrastructure for our growing community and I am pleased to see it open again following months of closure.

"Chardon Bridge is a very popular and well-known bridge providing vital connections to main roads, a local primary school and towns. It's great to have the bridge back up and operational, with increased height to reduce potential future flooding impacts, ensuring our community has the best possible access into the future.

"Thank you to all the residents who provided valuable feedback on the construction of the bridge. Residents can cross the road safely via a walkway under the bridge and river access with a small grassy picnic area for families to enjoy," she said.

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen welcomed the news of the bridge’s reopening.

“I want to thank Gold Coast and Logan City Councils for getting the bridge rebuilt in a timely manner,” Mr van Manen said.

“I am pleased the Federal Government was able to contribute $1.2 million to the project.

“This has created an important safety link for what is a growing community in the Cedar Creek area with the rebuild improving the bridge’s ability to withstand adverse weather events.”

City of Gold Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said congestion busting and building better roads were a priority for the city.

“Road and bridge upgrades are important in building resilience across our city, particularly through flood proofing and providing better access for pedestrians and cyclists,” said Cr Gates.

“The Chardon Bridge replacement is a great example of local and Australian Government working hand in hand to improve our road network.”

Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz welcomed the opening of Chardon Bridge.

“The opening of this new and improved bridge will have an immediately positive impact on the local community,” Mr Buchholz said.

“A strong bridges network is crucial to ensure local residents have a safer run on our roads and improve connectivity ensuring community access to essential services.

“I commend the Logan City Council, City of Gold Coast and all the workers on a job well done. I’m pleased the Australian Government could pitch in towards these important works for the benefit of our region.”

The project was jointly funded by Logan City Council, City of Gold Coast and the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme.