Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New Caboolture River bridge rapidly taking shape

Media Release


31 October 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

James McGrath

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
Senator for Queensland

Mark Ryan

Member for Morayfield

  • First of 20 structures supporting the new bridge installed
  • New bridge will improve access for motorists and provide a dedicated pathway for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Original bridge, dating back to 1919, to be partially preserved at local historical village

Local residents will get their first glimpse of how the new southbound Caboolture River Bridge will look, with the first precast concrete deck supports installed.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the deck supports—modular sections of concrete supporting the first of the four bridge spans—had now been installed.

“For each bridge span there will be 20 support beams to support the concrete deck motorists will travel on, and the large cranes installing the structures will be on-site over the coming months while the operation is underway,” Mr Chester said.

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Department of Transport and Main Roads had taken extra efforts to preserve the history of the recently demolished old bridge.

“From the start, the project team engaged with the Caboolture Historical Association about what parts of the original southbound bridge might be suitable for their Historical Village,” Mr Bailey said.

“We have been delighted to be able to provide sections of the piles from the 1919 bridge and its 1987 widening, as well as two timber pieces believed to be from the wooden structure that crossed the river before 1919.

“The project team delivered the items to the Historical Village, where they will be displayed and some of the wood used by the Caboolture & District Woodcrafters Club, which operates in the village.”

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Senator for Queensland James McGrath said the historical original bridge, almost a century old, had reached the end of its useful life.

“This project will deliver a safer bridge for motorists, with improved access for pedestrians and cyclists. The new bridge will also help local freight businesses operate more efficiently by removing the load limits that applied to the old bridge,” Senator McGrath said.

Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan said it was a great outcome for the community that pieces from the original bridge would be preserved in the local area.

“We were aware of the importance the original 1919 bridge played in connecting the communities north and south of the river. We wanted to ensure any pieces of interest were offered to the historical association, which has been preserving local heritage for almost 60 years,” Mr Ryan said.

The $17.1 million Caboolture River Bridge Replacement Project is jointly funded by the Australian Government under the Bridges Renewal Programme and the Queensland Government.