Construction kicks off on Noosa's Garth Prowd Bridge renewal

The Albanese Government continues to partner with local governments across Queensland to get high-priority road and community infrastructure off the ground.

As part of this, the Garth Prowd Bridge at Noosa Heads will undergo a $3.5 million refurbishment to boost road safety and connectivity – with $1.75 million from the Bridges Renewal Program.

Jointly funded by the Australian Government and Noosa Council, the project will include concrete and steel corrosion repairs, protective coating treatments, pile encasement, replacement of the southern walkway's timber decking, and resurfacing the bridge’s asphalt road.

Construction is due to start in early March, with completion anticipated by late June this year, weather and construction conditions permitting.

With construction scaffolding in place, marine access beneath the bridge will be suspended during works, with users encouraged to seek alternative travel routes.

From July 1, the Bridges Renewal Program will be merged into the new Safer Local Roads and Infrastructure Program – with increased funding set to be available to support councils improve the safety of their local road networks.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Kristy McBain MP:

“The Garth Prowd Bridge is a key part of Noosa’s cycle network and transport corridor, which is why it’s important that as this region grows and attracts more visitors, the bridge remains fit-for-purpose.

“That’s why we’re investing $1.75 million towards these upgrades, as part of our commitment to partner with local governments across Queensland to kickstart priority projects that will have a lasting impact in communities.”

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Senator for Queensland, Senator the Hon Anthony Chisholm:

“Noosa’s bridge network plays a critical role in enabling residents and tourists to safely move around this popular part of Queensland, and this bridge is a great example - leading people into the heart of Noosa Heads and the world-renowned Hastings Street precinct.

“As more and more people choose to call this region home and holiday here, the maintenance and expansion of Noosa’s road infrastructure is critical.

“This bridge redevelopment is just one of many projects we’re partnering with Noosa Council on to ensure we’re improving the safety of local roads, while also delivering infrastructure projects that matter to Queenslanders.”

Quotes attributable to Noosa Council Acting Infrastructure Services Director, Shaun Walsh:

“The bridge is a vital link for about 21,000 vehicles daily, as well as pedestrians and cyclists.

“This extensive upgrade is a significant investment in our community's infrastructure and will extend the lifespan of the bridge by 50 years, while enhancing its safety and functionality for all users.

“The bridge will remain open to traffic during construction, however motorists and pedestrians are advised of potential lane closures and traffic control measures for their safety.

“We understand that construction works may cause inconvenience to the community, and we appreciate everyone's patience and understanding during this period.

“To mitigate impacts, Variable Message Signs will provide advance notice of changed traffic conditions and alternate routes.

“Bridge jumping is also strictly prohibited so that the community can remain safe.”