Caboolture commuters get boost as bridge upgrade is completed

Media Release

DC167/2017

07 June 2017

Joint release with:

Andrew Wallace

Federal Member for Fisher

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Mark Ryan

Member for Morayfield

Rick Williams

Member for Pumicestone

  • The $17.1 million Caboolture River Bridge upgrade is now complete and open to traffic
  • New bridge will improve access and commute times for motorists and provide a dedicated pathway for cyclists and pedestrians
  • The Australian Government and the Queensland Government have both contributed $8.56 million each towards the project

Locals will now have improved access, with construction of the new southbound Caboolture River Bridge now complete.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Caboolture River Bridge, which was funded under the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme and by the Queensland Government, has been replaced after almost 100 years.

“The original southbound bridge, which was constructed in 1918, and widened in 1987, needed to be replaced for safety and structural purposes,” Mr Chester said.

“This bridge is a key link for Caboolture heading south into Burpengary and Brisbane, while also providing access on to the King Street and the D’Aguilar Highway, two major links in the region.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the new bridge was a significant investment in the local road network and had been completed and opened on schedule.

“The old Caboolture River Bridge was demolished and replaced by a new two-lane bridge that will support growth in the region’s population, improve freight efficiency and improve travel for locals who commute to and from Brisbane for work,” Mr Bailey said

“The new bridge is also half a metre higher than the existing bridge to improve flood immunity.”

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said the 30,000 vehicles that use Morayfield Road daily can now take advantage of the safer and stronger structure.

“The project involved replacing the southbound bridge with a new two-lane bridge that included a three-metre shared pedestrian and cycle path,” Mr Wallace said.

Queensland Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan said the new bridge was an exciting milestone for the local community, and supported 50 jobs during construction.

“The bridge completion will be a welcome relief to motorists, businesses, and residents, who have been very patient during construction works,” Mr Ryan said.

Queensland Member for Pumicestone Rick Williams said it was a great outcome for the community that pieces from the original bridge would be preserved in the local area.

“It’s great to see this project completed, that will benefit motorists with a new, safer and higher-standard bridge, enhance access for pedestrians and cyclists, and improve freight efficiency by allowing load limits on the bridge to be removed,” Mr Williams said.

Over the coming weeks, there will be workers onsite completing minor finishing works, but these will have minimal impact on traffic.

Sections of the piles from the 1918 bridge and its 1987 widening, as well as two timber pieces believed to be from the original wooden structure that crossed the river before 1919 have also been provided to the Caboolture Historical Association’s Historical Village, where they will be displayed.

The Caboolture River Bridge project was jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $8.56 million under the Bridges Renewal Programme, and the Queensland Government providing $8.56 million. For further information on the Bridges Renewal Programme, visit: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/Bridgesrenewal/Index.aspx