- Tuesday 28 July 2015
The first cars have christened Eudlo’s new $1.2 million bridge this week, with Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay and community representatives gathering for the official opening today.
Cr McKay said Sunshine Coast Council had constructed the new bridge to replace an old timber bridge which could no longer be practically maintained.
“The new bridge is significantly wider, with two 3.5m traffic lanes, 1m shoulders either side, and a 2m separated pathway for pedestrians and cyclists,” Cr McKay said.
“The upgrade is a significant improvement for Eudlo residents and through traffic, providing a safe route for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
“Shortening the length of the bridge has provided drivers with better visibility towards the railway underpass as they travel from Rosebed St.
“Replacing the bridge, instead of permanently rerouting traffic away from the main street, provides easy access to the town centre and maintains the flow of through traffic past Eudlo’s small businesses.
“Although the bridge is well-used by people travelling between Mooloolah and Palmwoods, there has been minimal disruption to traffic during construction.
“The temporary side track and pedestrian bridge meant we could minimise inconvenience to residents, business owners and through-traffic, and we thank them all for their patience during work.”
Cr McKay said the project was one of many civil infrastructure projects delivered by Council as part of its Capital Works Program.
“Our bridge crew has now moved to Eumundi to construct a $1.65 million concrete bridge on Eumundi Range Road.”
- The bridge structure includes 230 tonnes of concrete roadway decking
- The steel metal rails of the bridge, necessary to meet engineering standards, were painted white to replicate the look of the timber rails of the old bridge given the bridge is in the centre of town.
- The new bridge is the third bridge built at this location. The first bridge was likely to have been built by the Timber Mill.
- The bridge site was submerged twice during construction. Once during the passing of ex-tropical cyclone Marcia and once in an intense rain event.
- Council will leave the by-pass road in place for cyclist and pedestrian access to help the community use the old mill site for the benefit of Eudlo.