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Eumundi Range Road gets new $1.65 million concrete bridge

Construction of a new $1.65 million concrete bridge on Eumundi Range Road will start this month, with Sunshine Coast Council currently working on a temporary detour track.

Division 9 Cr Steve Robinson said the condition of the old bridge meant it could no longer be maintained economically.

“Sunshine Coast Council is committed to ensuring our region’s roads and bridges are maintained to a safe standard,” Cr Robinson said.

“When our old timber bridges reach a point where they can’t be maintained in a cost-effective way, it’s important we upgrade them to high quality structures.

“This new bridge, which has an estimated life span of 100 years, will be almost 6m wider, with two 3.5m traffic lanes, 1.2m road shoulders and a 2m pedestrian walkway on the eastern side.

“Council is planning for the future by constructing the new bridge at a higher level than the existing one.

“As the adjoining road is lower, the new bridge will not prevent Eumundi Range Road being impacted by flooding, but it makes sense to raise the bridge now in advance of any possible future road works.”

Cr Robinson said Council had constructed a detour around the bridge to minimise disruptions during construction.

“There is a two lane temporary road alongside the existing bridge, which allows vehicles and pedestrians to bypass the bridge.

“Thank you in advance to residents for their patience during construction.”

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson, also portfolio councillor for Place Management and Delivery, said the new bridge was part of Council’s $183 million 2015-16 Capital Works Program.

“The $183 million we’re investing in capital infrastructure is part of a 10 year $1.2 billion program, which demonstrates Council’s commitment to providing quality assets for its ratepayers.

“Council aims for this new bridge to be sympathetic to the character of Eumundi as much as possible while complying with design codes.”

The upgrade is expected to be complete by the end of 2015 (weather permitting).

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