The new south-bound bridge over the Caboolture River on Morayfield Road is entering the final stages of construction.
Local residents are being given the opportunity to be among the first members of the public to cross it.
State Member for Morayfield, Mark Ryan MP, and State Member for Pumicestone, Rick Williams MP, are running a competition for local residents to walk across the new Caboolture River Bridge before it opens to traffic in the coming weeks.
Susan Lamb MP, Mark Ryan MP and Rick Williams MP at the Caboolture River Bridge construction site.
“Before the road surface is poured and the traffic starts rolling, Rick and I will be leading a small group of community members to walk across the new bridge,” Mr Ryan said.
“While it is still a little way from being fully completed, it is now at a point in the construction that allows a lucky few to be the first to walk over the bridge.”
“This is all about community and the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to upgrade much needed infrastructure and we want community members to be amongst the first to go across,” said Mr Williams.
The walk will take place on Saturday 8 April 2017.
To enter, simply email the Morayfield Electorate Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and contact phone number by Monday 3 April 2017.
For safety reasons, only 12 lucky locals will be able to walk across the bridge at this event.
Winners will be notified on Tuesday 4 April 2017.
The older part of the southbound bridge was 98 years old and nearing the end of its useful life. Investigations confirmed the bridge needed to be replaced for structural and safety reasons. In 2014, load limits were applied restricting heavy vehicles to the left-hand lane.
Replacing the southbound bridge is a priority and the Australian and Queensland governments have provided funding of $17.1 million under the Bridge Renewal Program to replace the bridge.
The existing southbound bridge has now been demolished and construction of the new 2-lane bridge is underway. The new bridge will include a 3m shared pedestrian and cyclist path, separated from the road by a metal barrier.
Completion is expected later this year.