Alan Wilke Bridge reopens to traffic

21 August 2017

The Alan Wilke Bridge on Stanmore Road has reopened (Noon) to traffic two weeks ahead of schedule, after repairs were completed to fix the severe damage it sustained from flooding associated with ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie in late March.

Divisional Councillor and Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said she was delighted to see the bridge reopen to traffic, bringing to an end five months of travel inconvenience for locals.

“The Alan Wilke Bridge was one of our worst affected pieces of infrastructure and its closure since 30 March has had a major impact on the community, adding significantly to travel times of local residents, businesses and students,” Cr Gates said.

“We fast-tracked earthworks in May while road pavement and bridge repair works started in June. I thank community members for their patience over the past five months while we worked to reopen the bridge.”

The significant reconstruction works for the bridge were delivered at an estimated cost of $2 million. 

Eligible works will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

The NDRRA provides local councils with much needed funding assistance for clean-up, recovery and restoration of essential public assets after natural disaster events such as floods and cyclones. It also provides disaster relief and recovery payments to help communities recover from the effects of natural disasters.

Cr Gates acknowledged the joint local, state and federal partnership in reopening the bridge.

“I thank the Australian and Queensland governments for their support in helping us with our recovery efforts from Ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie,” she said.

The Alan Wilke Bridge crosses Albert River, the local government boundary between City of Gold Coast and Logan City Council.

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