Traffic conditions to change for replacement of bridge

Traffic conditions to change for replacement of pedestrian bridge

The replacement of the Moura Short Rail Line Pedestrian Bridge will cause some changed traffic conditions to the Dawson Highway when it gets under way on April 20.

Traffic management changes on the Dawson Highway in preparation for the works will begin to take effect on  Monday, April 11.

Inspections have identified significant deterioration of the bridge's steel structures and timber deck units which pose a structural and safety risk if left unchecked

An alternate pedestrian access will be installed on the Dawson Highway, requiring the creation of a temporary 40km/h speed zone and reduced lane widths for motorists. 

Mayor Matt Burnett said the bridge, located west of the roundabout servicing the Callemondah Drive and Olsen Avenue entrances to the Dawson Highway, had been identified as requiring replacement.

"Inspections have identified significant deterioration of the bridge's steel structures and timber deck units which pose a structural and safety risk if left unchecked," Cr Burnett said.

"Removal of the existing structure, and its replacement with a new structure, will start on April 20 and will be completed at night to minimise disruption to motor vehicle traffic and Gladstone Airport operations.

"The works will require a speed limit reduction, reduced lane widths, and some lane closures during night works.

"Temporary pedestrian access to be established on the Dawson Highway until the new bridge is commissioned for use about four weeks after the project start."

The first stage of the project will be the construction of temporary pedestrian access, with the removal of the existing bridge scheduled to follow on April 20 and the installation of the new bridge on May 2.

The new bridge is expected to be open for public use on May 15.

Council will establish electronic message boards at the site informing motorists and pedestrians of the project start date and changed conditions to follow.



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