Road safety has been boosted in North Maclean with the opening of a new bridge on Scott Lane.

The bridge is three metres higher than the previous crossing and has a wildlife corridor underneath.

It replaces an ageing drainage culvert.

The $6.2 million overhaul gives motorists a safer and more reliable crossing of the creek by increasing flood immunity and reducing the frequency and duration of road closures.

The project was jointly funded by Logan City Council and the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and supported by Member for Wright Scott Buchholz.

Infrastructure Committee Chair Councillor Teresa Lane said the upgrade was necessary to meet the needs of a growing local community.

“Motorists and residents wanted the culvert removed and replaced with a safer wet weather option and we have done that with a raised bridge,” Cr Lane said.

“With the increasing popularity of North Maclean and surrounding suburbs it was important that we took the time to develop a lasting solution to reducing the impact of flooding.

“I’d like to thank the Australian Government for working with Council to fund this vital piece of road infrastructure.”

Deputy Mayor Natalie Willcocks, the Division 11 Councillor, thanked residents for their patience during the bridge construction.

“Time and time again residents have told me they want better roads in this division and with this project we are delivering just that,” Cr Willcocks said.

“They can now enjoy a much safter and dependable road.

“The wet weather has delayed the opening of the bridge but Council and the contractor have worked tirelessly to ensure that the work was completed as soon as possible.

“I’d like to thank residents for their patience during the construction phase.”

The concrete bridge was successfully lifted into position during a delicate, two-day crane operation in February.

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