THE final completion of the Parma Road bridge at Falls Creek is getting closer with the structure open to two-lane traffic for the first time since January for the long weekend.
The remaining nine prefabricated concrete planks to make up the bridge surface were put in to place last week.
Parma Road was closed to traffic for a couple of days last week to allow a 200-tonne crane to lower the concrete planks into place.
The crane lowered the 16.2 tonne concrete planks into position on the northern side of the bridge, with teams from Talis Civil guiding them in to place.
The prefabricated concrete planks were constructed in Tamworth by the Humes Group, before being transported south on of a number of semi-trailers.
The planks were placed on new 18 tonne abutments and upgraded pier caps which were placed over the existing concrete piers.
The southern concrete crossing was completed last month.
Guard rails were erected and road approaches completed to allow the bridge to be fully opened with two lanes of traffic, as well as a pedestrian access for the long weekend.
The first time since it suffered significant structural damage back in January.
Further work, including more sealing, line marking and guard rail extensions will be carried out over coming weeks to fully complete the project.
Weather permitting it is hoped to have the bridge work completed by the end of the month.
Weight restrictions, which had been imposed on the structure since its damage have also been lifted, meaning the large school bus will be able to cross the structure to take children to school when it starts back this week.
The concrete structure replaces 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.