Noosa celebrates completion of $2.33 million Lawnville Road Bridge replacement

The much-anticipated completion of the Lawnville Road Bridge replacement in Cooroy will mark a significant achievement for the Noosa community.

The new two-lane, $2.33 million renovation will officially open today, providing a wider, stronger, and safer passage for motorists.

Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart said it's the fourth hinterland bridge to be improved in the last two years and reinforces Noosa Council's commitment to enhancing critical infrastructure for the hinterland communities.

“Importantly, the new infrastructure will ensure a safer and smoother journey for hinterland residents and visitors, whether in vehicles or on bicycles,” Mayor Stewart said.

The Federal Government provided almost $1.9 million to the project under its Bridges Renewal Program, coupled with Noosa Council's contribution of close to half a million dollars.

Identified for replacement due to age and condition, the original 15.8-metre-long timber bridge, paved the way for a wider road approach and bridge lanes, featuring two 1.5-metre on-road shoulders for enhanced safety.

“With 1000 motorists using the Lawnville Road Bridge everyday – and that number growing as more people flock to experience the hinterland - it’s fantastic to see the old timber bridge replaced with a wider and stronger concrete structure,” Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, the Hon Kristy McBain MP said.

Built by Ark Construction in the same location, prefabricated elements were strategically incorporated into the construction process to minimise disruption and expedite the project timeline.

The new bridge structure boasts a 100-year life design, effectively reducing long-term maintenance and operational costs.

“As more people choose to call this region home, the maintenance and expansion of Noosa’s bridge network is critical, which is why we’ll continue to partner with Council to deliver high-priority projects that have lasting benefits for the area,” Assistant Minister for Regional Development, Senator Anthony Chisholm added.

Mayor Stewart thanked residents for their patience during the construction process.

“I’m grateful to the local community for showing patience during the road’s closure while the new bridge was being built and I acknowledge the collective effort that has resulted in a safer and more efficient transport network for all,” she said.