Yaamba Road footbridge
A FOOTBRIDGE will be built over Yaamba Road in March next year as part of the final stage of the $8 million pedestrian overpass near Emmaus College in Rockhampton.
Main Roads regional director Terry Hill said the department would need to temporarily close Yaamba Road between Moores Creek Road and Boland Street when the 48-metre footbridge was lifted into place.
“At this stage, plans have been set for either Saturday 6, or Saturday 13 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.”
Mr Hill said there were a lot of engineering and technical considerations which would determine how quickly the installation could be completed.
“Everything from temperature to wind speed will play a role in the process of lifting and finally locking the structure into place,” he said.
“Although the road closure is only planned for six hours, this section of Yaamba Road carries more than 24,000 vehicles per day. The department will do everything it can to ensure traffic continues to flow smoothly.”
Mr Hill said the project team would also be working with affected businesses ahead of the road closure to minimise disruption and ensure that the traffic management plan in place provided local access to Yaamba Road, north of Boland Street.
Once the footbridge is installed, a final fit-out stage will be completed and the Yaamba Road Pedestrian Overpass will be opened in April.