Meadowbrook to M1: Bridge widening begins at Slacks Creek

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Logan City Council has begun widening the Ray Hodgson Bridge at Loganlea Rd Slacks Creek as part of a $77.7m stretch upgrade from Meadowbrook to M1.

The transformation of a major City of Logan thoroughfare is continuing above and below the ground.

Logan City Council has begun widening the Ray Hodgson Bridge on Loganlea Rd at Slacks Creek as part of a $77.7 million upgrade of the stretch from Meadowbrook to the M1.

Over the next four weeks, eight ‘piles’ will be poured up to 7 metres into the bedrock under Slacks Creek. They will carry the weight of an additional north-bound traffic lane, footpath and bikeway.

Steel ‘liners’ will be driven into the ground to the full depth of the piles, before the earth is drilled out from inside each liner.

The steel-reinforced piles will then be poured into the excavated holes. The new 70m long bridge deck will be built over the top in mid-2024.

Infrastructure Chair, Councillor Teresa Lane, said bridge building is complex work but the disruption to traffic, residents and businesses would be minimal.

“The benefits will be huge. The city will undergo some tremendous growth in coming years, and it’s crucial we have a roads network to cope, and get drivers home quicker and safer,” Cr Lane said.

Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King said the work would have an impact on the city’s residents.

“The Australian Government is proud to be jointly funding this vital bridge-widening project for Logan, delivering on our election commitments and making a real difference for the community,” says Minister Catherine King.

The bridge is named after former Logan Mayor Ray Hodgson who served the city from 1990 to 1991. Council is spending $55.2 million on the Loganlea Rd upgrade. The project is receiving $22.5 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Infrastructure Investment Program.

Source: © Copyright, Commonwealth of Australia

Image Source: Infrastructure Chair, Cr Teresa Lane, right, with Cr Tony Hall and Cr Mindy Russell at Ray Hodgson Bridge. © 2023 Copyright Logan City Council

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