Scenic Rim Regional Council Mayor John Brent (left) with Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Don Petersen (Division 4) inspecting the bridge prior to its completion.
Traffic is now flowing across the new Edward O’Neill bridge on Kilmoylar Road Undullah after the structure officially opened today, Friday 27 February, 2015.
The new two-lane concrete bridge which links Beaudesert and Flagstone replaces the 50-year-old single-lane wooden structure which was nearing its end of life.
Jointly funded by Logan City Council and Scenic Rim Regional Council, the $2.8 million project has been managed by Logan on behalf of both local authorities.
Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chair, Cr Don Petersen (Division 4) thanked motorists for their patience during the five-month construction period.
“While current population is small, the bridge will re-join the communities on both sides of the river and save local farmers and businesses significant time in getting to market.” Cr Petersen said
“It will also service the needs of future growth in areas like Flagstone and Bromelton in coming years.
“The bridge was also raised by two metres and has no weight restrictions ensuring ease of access to these areas.”
Councillor Trevina Schwarz (Division 11) said the new bridge will improve safety for motorists and meet the future needs of the community.
“The new bridge will be used by generations to come and they will always remember the name Edward O’Neill who was a prominent figure in our community in the late 19th and early 20th century.”
Cr Schwarz said Council was investigating the possibility of preserving the history of the old Edward O’Neill bridge.
Variable message signs on the Logan approach will be changed to indicate the bridge is open to traffic.