VIDEO: Yeppen Bridge on Bruce Highway open for traffic
GRACEMERE'S Dan Mylrea only goes into Rockhampton to visit Bunnings, but he knows how the newly opened Yeppen Bridge will benefit his community.
Mr Mylrea said in the nine years he had lived in the region, he had seen his fair share of floods and how it affected the people in the area.
"We have been around this whole area for a while now.
"The last time we had the major flood, there was a lot of panic."
The 1.6km long Yeppen South project, which was completed and opened this weekend, is set above the one-in-100-year flood level and will ensure residents have access to the roads in cases of severe flooding.
The project was finished early and below budget, just 19 months after the contract was given to John Holland Constructions.
Mr Mylrea said he was impressed with the level of traffic the area had managed during the bridge's construction.
His biggest concern, he said, was that enough signage would be provided to the road.
"I think it will be a lot better with the traffic, knowing that it is going to go that way instead. I just hope there is no confusion," he said.
"As long as there is enough signage to direct the lanes, that will be the main thing.
"There was a bit of hold-up the other day, but how can you control that? They have got to do it."
The two-lane bridge will carry northbound traffic, whilst all southbound traffic will continue to utilise the existing low-level highway.
During periods of flooding, the low-level highway will close and traffic will use the new bridge, with one lane each way.