The new overpass with sloping roof.
The new overpass with sloping roof. ALLAN REINIKKA

Roof quandary is set straight

IT might look like part of the roof is on a lean, but there’s nothing wrong with the $8 million Yaamba Road overpass in North Rockhampton.

Several people have contacted The Morning Bulletin in recent days about the lean.

Main Roads regional director for Central Queensland Terry Hill said the slope was part of the design for the overpass.

Mr Hill said he’d even been approached by prominent members of the community to make sure all was right.

“The slope on the roof is designed to match up with the shape of the final arch that will go on the bridge,” Mr Hill said.

“It will line up and be on the same angle as the top of the final truss.”

He said the project was expected to be completed in March and opened in April.

One of the reasons for the high cost of the overpass is that it won’t have any supporting columns in the middle.

The bridge will span about 50m across the busy road.

Mr Hill said this would allow the department to reconfigure the number of lanes along the road at a future date.

He said the towers had a solid foundation, which went some 16m under the ground.

The department will need to temporarily close Yaamba Road between Moores Creek Road and Boland Street when the footbridge is lifted into place.

“At this stage, plans have been set for either Saturday 13, or Saturday 20 March, 2010, weather permitting,” Mr Hill said.

“On the day, Yaamba Road will be closed for about six hours, with all traffic redirected around the highway closure by police and traffic controllers.”



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