Australian Government renewing 17 bridges across QLD

Media Release


27 February 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports;
Energy and Water Supply

Seventeen bridges across Queensland will be upgraded under the first tranche of the Australian Government's new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that $53.36 million in federal funds would be pumped into local Queensland bridges—matched by funding proponents—to improve the state's road network.

“The Bridges Renewal Programme is designed to bolster productivity of Australia's local bridges, to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement,” Mr Truss said.

“By upgrading these bridges from, for example, by replacing one-lane timber bridges with two-lane concrete bridges, residents will enjoy better and more reliable road access. Freight from farms and local factories will be able to pass safely along quicker routes with greatly improve productivity.

“It's a classic win-win situation. That's why the Coalition Government identified local bridge upgrades and repairs as a national priority.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the new, two-lane concrete bridges would significantly improve access for a number of local communities across regional Queensland.

“These upgrades are particularly important for people in regional areas who rely on a safe and efficient road network. The planned upgrades will also improve access for the movement of freight and other goods in regional and rural parts of the state,” Mr Bailey said.

“For example, the Peak Downs Highway is one of the primary routes to the coal-rich Bowen Basin. The replacement of four timber bridges with wider, stronger bridge structures and better flood resilience will greatly improve the flow of freight and enhance safety for all road users along this busy route.

“Importantly, these works will provide jobs in local communities at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever.”

Minister Bailey said local councils would play a vital role managing 11 of the 17 bridge upgrades in Queensland.

The Australian Government is committing $114 million over Round One of the Bridges Renewal programme, committing a total of $300 million over five years from 2014–15.

See ‘Attachment A’ below for more details on each of the 17 Queensland bridges.

Attachment A: Bridges Renewal Programme projects—Queensland

Proponent Name Project Name and Location Project Description AG Funds ($000s) Total Project Cost ($000s)
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Four bridges on Peak Downs Highway between Nebo and Mackay. Replace 4 timber bridges with concrete structures. 35,000 70,000
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Caboolture River Bridge, Morayfield Road, (Southbound), Caboolture. Replacement of two lane (one way) concrete bridge with same. 8,568 17,137
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Kogan Creek Bridge, Dalby—Kogan Road, eastern outskirts of Kogan township and 45.6km west of Dalby Replacement of a single lane timber bridge with a twin lane concrete bridge. 3,440 6,880
  Total State Government funding 47,008 94,017
Banana Shire Council Lonesome Creek Bridge, Theodore Moura Rd, 380kms west of Maryborough. Replace the existing bridge with a 2 lane structure capable of carrying modern heavy vehicles. 886 1,771
Brisbane City Council Walton Bridge, Waterworks Rd, The Gap, Brisbane Remove existing deck and replace with concrete overlay slab. 980 1,962
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Middleton's Bridge Lockrose North Rd, Lockrose 23kms NE of Gatton Rehabilitation of a bridge to cater for 42.5 tonne heavy vehicles. 323 646
Logan City Council Darcy Edmunds Bridge, Brisbane St Service Rd/ Cusack Lane, Jimboomba Replace a timber and concrete bridge with arched concrete culvert. 700 1,400
Mareeba Shire Council Groves Creek Bridge, Speewah Rd, Speewah Replace bridge and widen to two lanes plus approaches and guard rail 425 850
Murweh Shire Council Nive River Bridge, Old Tambo Rd, 108kms north of Charleville Rehabilitation of a one lane bridge. 209 418
Murweh Shire Council Langlo River Bridge Charleville Adavale Rd, Langlo, 71kms NW of Charleville Restoration of the one lane bridge to meet unrestricted GML loadings. 58 116
Somerset Regional Council Taylors Bridge over Cressbrook Creek, on Esk Crows Nest Rd, Biarra, 115kms NW of Brisbane CBD. Replace a failing one lane timber bridge with a two lane concrete structure. 883 1,767
Somerset Regional Council Jenkinsons Bridge over Sandy Creek on McCauleys Lane 8kms NE Kilcoy. Replace a one lane timber bridge with a one lane concrete bridge and 65m of bitumen sealed approach works 477 954
Somerset Regional Council Scrubby Creek Bridge, Villeneuve Rd, Villeneuve 150kms NE of Toowoomba. Replace a two lane timber bridge with a single span two lane concrete structure. 635 1,271
Southern Downs Regional Council Sandy Creek Bridge on Sandy Creek Rd, 10kms from Warwick Construction of a 30m long and 6m wide concrete structure to replace timber structure. 780 1,560
Total Local Government funding 6,356 12,715