Bridge refurbishment and replacement program

Council will undertake remediation work or replacement on several bridges across the shire during the 2022 to 2024 financial years. The following projects are jointly funded by Council and the Federal Governments Bridges Renewal Program.

  • Cooroy Belli Creek Road Bridge Now Open!

    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 was completed within five months and the bridge opened to motorists on 29 November 2022.

    Ark Constructions delivered the project on behalf of Council. 

    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 concrete bridge with a 100-year design life
    • reduce long-term maintenance and operational costs
    • provide guard rails along the edge of the bridge for added safety
    • be widened to include shoulders and meet two-lane standards
    • meet all current bridge 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 approximately 16 weeks depending on weather and construction conditions. Council and our contractors will provide more information to impacted residents prior to construction starting.

  • 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. 

    Council has investigated the bridge for rehabilitation and footpath widening and will shortly be issuing tenders for design and construction with the aim of undertaking works in early 2024, weather and materials supply pending.

    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.

    The bridge deck width is not being expanded for on-road users (bike riders and vehicles). 

    Project News

  • 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 mid 2023, after other network upgrades such as the Beckmans Road/ Cooroy Noosa Road intersection upgrade work 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 for refurbishment based on a condition assessment.  

    Identified for replacement due to age and condition, the original 15.8-metre-long timber bridge, paved the way for a wider road approach and bridge lanes, featuring two 1.5-metre on-road shoulders for enhanced safety. The bridge provides vital linkages to approximately 1,000 vehicles per day, as well as being used as a route for cyclists.

    Built by Ark Construction in the same location, prefabricated elements were strategically incorporated into the construction process to minimise disruption and expedite the project timeline.

    The new bridge structure boasts a 100-year life design, effectively reducing long-term maintenance and operational costs.

    Project

    Construction began in August with the bridge opened to motorists on 20, December 2024.

  • 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 James McKane lookout. The timber bridge was identified as a high priority for replacement based on a condition assessment.

    The contract to replace the bridge was delivered by SGQ Pty Ltd, with work completed in January 2022.

    Project

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

    The bridge replacement has:

    • provided a wider concrete bridge with a 100-year-design life
    • reduced long-term maintenance and operational costs
    • complied with current bridge standards
    • upgraded the barrier rails to improve vehicle safety.

     

    Project news 

     

  • 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 was awarded to SGQ Pty Ltd. Construction was completed in August 2022.

    Project

    Council 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
    • align 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 was anticipated to take up 13 weeks, however the extreme weather events of February and May have delayed the project. It is now anticipated, the project will be completed in mid-August, weather and construction conditions permitting. 

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