Heavy lifting for new Underwood Road Bridge

Motorists have been advised that the M1 will be closed at night from late February as the new Underwood Bridge is installed.

The night closures will be needed from Thursday 21 February to Saturday 9 March to allow cranes to lift 52 concrete girders for the new four-lane bridge over the M1 at Underwood.

Traffic in both directions at Eight Mile Plains will be detoured on to Logan Road, with closures generally planned between 9pm and 5am.

Federal Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Minister Mr Alan Tudge said the new bridge was a significant milestone for the $195.3 million M1/M3/Gateway merge upgrade.

“Major construction on the new Underwood Road bridge—which only started in September last year—will bust congestion and get motorists home sooner and safer,” Mr Tudge said.

“I have travelled around the area, and have seen the M1/M3/Gateway merge project continue to progress it will be a huge benefit for south east Queensland motorists.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the Underwood Road Bridge demonstrated the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to build a better M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“The heavy lifting of the first bridge girder is concrete evidence of our commitment to reduce travel times for motorists,” Mr Bailey said.

“Moving the new bridge’s 52 girders into place isn’t a small task.

“It requires precision and expert engineering to get the job done and ensure motorists spend more time with family doing the things they enjoy, sooner.”

Federal Member for Forder Bert van Manen said works for this crucial stage had been designed to minimise disruption to motorists during peak times with the hoisting of the precast girders at night.

“Seeing large girders in the air signals we’re making good progress on our goal to open the new, four-lane Underwood bridge to traffic late this year,” Mr van Manen said.

“I want to thank motorists for their patience while this important upgrade is underway and remind drivers to be aware of changes to road conditions.”

State Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni said the first girder lift would be a welcome sight for the local community.

“The upgrade of the M1/M3/Gateway merge will mean some short-term inconvenience, but once completed it will make a big difference to safety and travel times for Logan families,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The bridge construction follows the upgrade of the Underwood Road intersection and realignment of the Eight Mile Plains Bus Station entry.”

The Coalition Government have contributed $115 million and the Queensland Government have cotributed $80.3 million to the jointly funded project.