Bridge refurbishment and replacement program

Council will undertake remediation work or replacement on five bridges across the shire over the next 24 months. The following projects are jointly funded by Council and the Federal Governments Bridges Renewal Program.

  • Built in 1929, Cooroy Belli Creek Road Bridge is the oldest bridge maintained by Council. The road plays a critical role in the region’s rural road network. It provides vital linkages and access to supplies and services for a significant rural residential community located west of the Cooroy township, with approximately 1,700 vehicles per day using the bridge. The 9.7m timber bridge was identified as a high priority for replacement based on a condition assessment. Reusable timber parts of the existing timber bridge are expected to be salvaged and used in other Council projects.

    Construction is anticipated to commence in early to mid-2022.

    Project

    Council has received a $477,000 Federal Government Bridge Renewal Program grant, contributing up to 50% of the $954,000 construction cost. 

    Work for the Cooroy Belli Creek Road and Lawnville Road Bridge were combined to reduce costs in the areas of project management, engineering, tender development and potentially construction. 

    The bridge replacement will:

    • provide a concrete bridge with a 100-year design life
    • reduce long-term maintenance and operational costs
    • provide an unlimited load limit
    • provide guard rails along the edge of the bridge for added safety
    • be widened to include shoulders and meet two-lane standards.

    Community Impact

    The bridge will be closed during construction, and a detour to Lawnville Road will be in place. Construction is anticipated to take 9 to 13 weeks. Council will provide more information to impacted residents once the tender is awarded in late 2021.

  • Garth Prowd Bridge provides a vital link to the Hastings Street, Noosa beaches and National Park precincts and forms part of Noosa’s Principal cycle network and transport corridor. Remediation work is required to extend the design life of the bridge.

    Work is scheduled to start in the 1st quarter of 2022 and align with the adjacent Noosa Parade Corridor Upgrade project to minimise the extent of disruption to the community.

    Project

    Council has received a $1.75 million Federal Government Bridge Renewal Program Round 5 grant, contributing up to 50% of the construction cost of $3.5 million.

    The following remediation work is required to extend the design life of the bridge:

    • to strengthen and prolong the life of the structure by applying a stop corrosion intervention treatment.
    • upgrade the bridge rails and lighting to current standards.

    Additional to the remediation work, Council is investigating expanding the northern pathway to align with the adjacent upgraded Noosa Parade Corridor Upgrade, providing safer and easier access for pedestrians and bike riders. The bridge deck width is not being expanded for on-road users (bike riders and vehicles). The new pathway will provide a key link in delivering the Principal Cycle Network and achieving Noosa’s Cycling and Walking Strategy’s vision of ‘more people riding a bike and walking for health, transport, tourism and the environment’.

  • Built around 1968, Doonella Lake Bridge provides a vital link between Tewantin and Noosaville for over 20,000 vehicles per day on average.

    Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2022, after the Beckmans Road/ Cooroy Noosa Road intersection upgrade work is complete. Further information will be available once planning is complete.

    Project

    Council has received a $2M Federal Government Bridge Renewal Program Round 5 grant to contribute to the project.

    The bridge renewal will:

    • provide a 100-year design life
    • reduce maintenance and operational costs
    • incorporate Bridge Code updates for design best practice
    • introduce an increased and known load rating
    • upgrade the barrier rails to improve vehicle safety.
  • The 15.8m Lawnville Road Bridge is located 3.7km west of the Cooroy township and plays a critical role in the region’s rural road network. The bridge provides vital linkages to approximately 1,000 vehicles per day, as well as being used as a route for cyclists. The timber bridge was identified as a high priority for replacement based on a condition assessment. Reusable timber parts of the existing timber bridge are expected to be salvaged and used in other Council projects, such as the Cooroy Hinterland Playground.

    Work is anticipated to commence in mid-2022, shortly after the completion of the Cooroy Belli Creek Road Bridge.  

    Project

    Council has received a $755,000 Federal Government Bridge Renewal Program grant, contributing up to 50% of the construction cost of $1.5 million.

    Work for the Cooroy Belli Creek Road and Lawnville Road Bridge have been combined to reduce the costs of project management, engineering, tender development, and potentially construction. 

    The bridge replacement will:

    • provide a concrete bridge with a 100-year design life
    • reduce long-term maintenance and operational costs
    • provide an unlimited load limit
    • provide guard rails along the edge of the bridge for added safety
    • be widened to include shoulders and meet two-lane standards.

    Community impact

    The bridge will be closed during construction, and a detour to Cooroy Belli Creek Road will be in place. Construction is anticipated to take 9 to 13 weeks. Council will provide more information to impacted residents once the tender is awarded in late 2021.

  • Nestled on a no-through road in the Noosa Hinterland, Tablelands Road Bridge B provides vital access to Cooran for residents, users of the Noosa Trail Network, and visitors to the Joan McCain lookout. The timber bridge has been identified as a high priority for replacement based on a condition assessment.

    The contract to replace the bridge has been awarded to SGQ Pty Ltd, with work scheduled to start in October and take 9-13 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

    Project

    Council has received a Federal Government Bridge Renewal Program grant, contributing up to 50% of the construction cost.

    The bridge replacement will:

    • provide a wider concrete bridge with a 100-year-design life
    • reduce long-term maintenance and operational costs
    • comply with current bridge standards
    • upgrade the barrier rails to improve vehicle safety.

    Community impact

    Construction is anticipated to take 9-13 weeks to complete, weather permitting.

    Unfortunately, as is the case for bridge construction projects, residents will be impacted, particularly when the new deck is installed, and full closure of the bridge will be required. Council and SGQ will work with residents who are directly impacted.

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  • Wahpunga Lane Bridge on Wahpunga Road is a connector between Sister Tree Creek Road and Gympie-Kin Kin Road. The single-lane bridge provides access to Kin Kin and users of the Noosa Trail Network. The timber bridge was identified as a high priority for replacement based on a condition assessment. Reusable timber parts of the existing timber bridge will be salvaged and used in other Council projects.

    The contract to replace the bridge has been awarded to SGQ Pty Ltd. Construction will start in early 2022 after completion of the Tablelands Road Bridge B. 

    Project

    Council has received a Federal Government Bridge Renewal Program grant, contributing up to 50% of the construction cost.

    The bridge replacement will:

    • provide a single-lane, concrete bridge with a 100-year design life
    • reduce long-term maintenance and operational costs
    • be built using a Modular Bridge System, which will allow a quicker build time and reduce workplace health and safety risks compared to traditional building methods
    • increase the load limit to current standards, making the bridge safer and more durable
    • address an identified scour issue on the north-east side of the bridge
    • provide guardrails along the edge of the bridge for added safety
    • remain one lane; however, will be widened to meet current standards 
    • improve the current alignment between the bridge and road approaches, where possible.

    Community impact

    The bridge will be closed during construction, and a detour around Wahpunga Lane via Sister Creek Road and Gympie-Kin Kin Road will be in place. Construction is anticipated to take up 13 weeks, weather permitting. Council will provide more information to impacted residents in the lead up to the start of construction.

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