- Wednesday 25 February 2015
Travel through Eudlo will soon be safer and easier, with a $1.2 million upgrade of the Eudlo School Rd bridge now underway.
Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the upgrade would be a significant improvement for Eudlo residents and through traffic.
“This $1.2 million 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,” Cr McKay said.
“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 would be minimal disruption to traffic during construction.
“Council has 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, ensures easy access to the town centre and maintains the flow of through traffic past Eudlo’s small businesses.
“We have also installed a temporary pedestrian bridge slightly upstream for the duration of construction – that bridge may need to be closed for short periods due to safety requirements but we’ll let people know in advance.”
Construction is expected to be complete in May (weather permitting). Council carried out environmental assessments for this project.