AJ Wyllie Bridge Replacement Complete
Pine Rivers and Kallangur motorists can now enjoy the long awaited northbound AJ Wyllie Bridge after construction was completed on Tuesday 16th April.
Member for Kallangur Trevor Ruthenberg and Member for Pine Rivers Seath Holswich thanked local residents, businesses and motorists for their patience and cooperation as Transport and Main Roads completed the huge task of replacing the bridge.
"The northbound AJ Wyllie Bridge was closed to traffic after it suffered extensive damage during the January 2011 floods," Mr Ruthenberg said.
"With the southbound bridge operating with one lane in each direction, there were significant impacts for more than 30,000 vehicles that use the bridge each day."
"TMR worked with local businesses and the community to identify and implement the best ways to manage traffic flows during construction."
"The patience of those affected by the boat ramp and waterway closure is also appreciated, with these areas now reopened."
Mr Holswich said the new and improved northbound bridge would deliver long-term benefits for the community.
"The new bridge is built to current design standards, so is safer, more efficient and more durable than the 77-year-old structure it replaced," he said.
"It is about 1.4 metres higher than the old bridge to improve flood immunity and make it more resilient the next time we have a significant flood event."
"A permanent pedestrian and cyclist access, with higher bridge fencing will also improve safety for locals using the bridge."
The project was jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments, and includes a Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement funding component.