THE Parma Road bridge at Falls Creek has passed another milestone with the first cars using the new southern concrete portion of the bridge.
The new concrete section started taking traffic late last week.
The concrete structure replaces half of the old wooden bridge that was closed to traffic in late January after it sustained significant structural damage.
Interim repairs were carried out to the bridge to allow it to be partially reopened to traffic until the new superstructure could be put in place.
That took place a little over a week ago with a 200-tonne crane used to lower the 16.2 tonne concrete planks into place on the southern side of the bridge.
Teams from Talis Civil installed the prefabricated concrete planks that were constructed in Tamworth in place.
The planks were placed on new 18-tonne abutments and upgraded pier caps which were placed over the existing concrete piers.
Work was then carried out on the construction of temporary approaches to both ends of the bridge and an Armco safety rail put in place to allow it to be safely used by traffic.
Now that the new southern concrete crossing is complete, work will begin on the demolition of the remaining wooden structure.
Similar work on the buttresses and existing piers will be carried out before the remaining nine concrete planks can be put in place and the new two-lane bridge can be fully opened to traffic.