Caboolture River Bridge almost complete as first few honoured to walk on it
On a cloudy day Saturday April 22 a select few lucky locals were on hand to be among the very first to, not only walk but get a close up view of the almost completed South bound replacement Caboolture River Bridge.
Some of those locals were also carrying the history of past incarnations of the bridge a century ago and were delighted at the transformation.
22 people were assembled firstly as the project headquarters nearby which will be once again a home for general use with the completion of the project which included the Member for Morayfield The Hon. Mark Ryan, Member for Pumicestone Rick Williams, and Federal Member for Longman Susan Lamb along with representatives of the Transport & Main Roads, the Project heads and 19 locals who were selected to be the first to place their feet on the bridge.
As was echoed by many there "This is history in the making"
The Caboolture River Bridge Replacement Project replaces the southbound bridge on Morayfield Road over the Caboolture River. The 98 year-old bridge at the end of its design life and had to be replaced for structural and safety reasons.
The old bridge also had a 25 tonne weight limit, which will no longer apply once the replacement bridge is open to traffic.
The new-two lane bridge will provide motorists with a safer crossing of the Caboolture River, and improve access for freight by allowing load limits to be removed. It will also provide better pedestrian and cyclist access through a new 3 metre pathway.
The project is on time and has come in under the project funding of $17.2 million project which is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
The contract for construction was recently awarded to Davbridge Constructions, a South East Queensland-based company.
Soon as early as June will come to an end with the current route of one lane in either direction using the northbound bridge since Monday 27 June 2016.
A further period of traffic routes will be in place so that the temporary crossover lanes can be effectively removed and new lines can be painted on the road and signs changed over and the landscaping crews can come in to realign the vegetation, there will be a period where one lane north and south bound will be in use before both bridges return to being dual lane carriageways after July 2017
It is also understood that the north bound lanes will also have new bitumen applied to ensure both directions will be on new smooth roads in the vicinity