The new bridge will be ready for use by the end of 2020
The Department of Transport and Main Roads have started construction works to replace the timber bridge at Coondoo Creek on Tin Can Bay Road.
The project involves constructing a raised three-span concrete structure and new approaches. The new structure will be wider and built on a new and improved alignment to the west of the existing timber structure.
The new bridge will be safer, more reliable, better suited to the vehicle types and volumes currently using it and will reduce the need for ongoing maintenance.
Preconstruction works (translocating endangered flora from the area and some vegetation clearing for utility service relocations) were completed in August 2018.
RoadTek will deliver the construction of the project, with traffic expected to be using the new bridge by late 2020, weather permitting. Once completed, the 60km/h posted speed limit at the bridge will be returned to 100km/h.
The $14.8 million project is jointly funded under Round Six of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program, with the Australian Government providing $5 million, and the Queensland Government providing $9.8 million.
As Coondoo Creek is an environmentally sensitive area, with the presence of federal- and state-listed aquatic fauna, construction works will be carefully programmed to minimise impacts to the aquatic fauna within the creek.
The new bridge will be constructed offline so minimal travel disruptions are anticipated throughout construction.
Construction vehicles will be travelling in and out of the worksite. Please remember to slow down, adhere to the reduced speed limit and follow traffic control instructions for your safety and the safety of road workers.
The department thanks the community in advance for its cooperation while the upgrade is completed.