- Thursday 11 June 2015
The $1.2 million upgrade of Eudlo School Road bridge has reached a milestone, with over 230 tonnes of roadway decking craned into place this week.
Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the upgrade would be a significant improvement for Eudlo residents and through traffic.
“Positioning of the concrete decking is a milestone in any bridge construction – it’s when we really start to see a new bridge take shape,” Cr McKay said.
“This upgrade will improve travel through Eudlo by replacing the old timber bridge with a two lane concrete bridge that provides a safe route for vehicle, pedestrians and cyclists.
“The new bridge will be significantly wider, with two 3.5m traffic lanes, 1m shoulders either side, and a 2m separated pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.
“By shortening the length of the bridge, drivers will have improved visibility towards the railway underpass as they travel from Rosebed St.
“Features of the old wooden bridge will be replicated on the concrete bridge to maintain the heritage look that is so well-suited to Eudlo.
“For example, the metal rails will be painted white so they have a similar look to the wooden rails.”
Cr McKay said while the bridge was well-used by people travelling between Mooloolah and Palmwoods, there had been minimal disruption to traffic during construction.
“Council constructed a temporary bypass through the old Olsen Mill site as a detour while the bridge is out of action,” she said.
“Replacing the bridge, instead of permanently rerouting traffic away from the main street, ensured easy access to the town centre and maintains the flow of through traffic past Eudlo’s small businesses.
“We also installed a temporary pedestrian bridge slightly upstream for the duration of construction.”
- The bridge is made up of 19 concrete ‘deck units’ – they are 16m long and weigh approximately 12-13 tonnes each.
- The next steps in construction: tie down the deck units, cast the concrete kerbs and footpath on the bridge, construct the approach to the bridge, undertake road works on surrounding roads (including some drainage), seal the nearby road and bridge.
Watch the crane positioning a concrete deck unit at https://youtu.be/GOotUc8A1UY.