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Bli Bli Bridge set to reopen after repair and stabilisation works

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Works on the Bli Bli Bridge have been completed ahead of schedule, with all lanes of traffic to reopen on Thursday.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads commenced work in October to repair and stabilise components under the bridge to ensure the safety of all users.

The bridge was closed to traffic travelling westbound towards Bli Bli, with road users being forced to use an alternative route via the Sunshine Motorway, Bradman Avenue and David Low Way.

Repair work being undertaken on the bridge at Bli Bli.

The bridge works were a cause of frustration for local businesses, who were affected by the changed traffic conditions.

“I’m glad to see the swift and efficient completion of the Bli Bli Bridge works, well ahead of schedule,” Nicklin MP Rob Skelton said.

Related story: Repairs to start on iconic and bustling bridge

“I want to express my gratitude to the local residents and businesses for their patience and understanding throughout the duration of these repairs.

“The Bli Bli Bridge is a crucial transportation link and these works will ensure the bridge continues to service the needs of the community well into the future.

Bridge materials are moved into position. Picture: TMR

“Ensuring the ongoing safety of all bridge users, including pedestrians, bike riders and water enthusiasts, has been a top priority.”

TMR said it would engage with the local community to seek feedback on future upgrade planning for the bridge in 2024.

Related story: Funds set aside for planning of bridge upgrades

“Bli Bli Bridge is an important road link for the community and industry as well as a significant landmark to this community,” Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said.

“Safety is our top priority, and the department has a rigorous maintenance program which includes regular inspections of Bli Bli Bridge, originally built in 1959.

Crew members position stabilising materials to the bridge. Picture: TMR

“I’m pleased to announce the bridge work has been completed ahead of schedule. We extend our thanks to the community for their patience and understanding during these essential works.”

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