A NEW bridge has opened at Scott Lane in North Maclean.

The bridge, which replaces an ageing drainage culvert, is 3m higher and has a wildlife corridor underneath.

It is often closed during any flooding.

A Logan City Council statement said the $6.2 million overhaul gives motorists a safer and more reliable crossing of the creek by increasing flood immunity and reducing the frequency and duration of road closures.

The project was jointly funded by council and the federal government’s Bridges Renewal Program.

Councillor Teresa Lane said the upgrade was necessary to meet the needs of a growing local community.

“Motorists and residents wanted the culvert removed and replaced with a safer wet weather option and we have done that with a raised bridge,” Cr Lane said.

“With the increasing popularity of North Maclean and surrounding suburbs it was important that we took the time to develop a lasting solution to reducing the impact of flooding.”

Local councillor and deputy mayor Natalie Willcocks said: “Time and time again residents have told me they want better roads in this division and with this project we are delivering just that.

“The wet weather has delayed the opening of the bridge but council and the contractor have worked tirelessly to ensure that the work was completed as soon as possible.”

The concrete bridge was successfully lifted into position during a delicate, two-day crane operation in February.

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