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Caboolture River Bridge replacement project

Overview:

Construction was completed in mid-2017 to replace the southbound bridge on Morayfield Road over the Caboolture River with a new 2-lane bridge.

Location:

Morayfield Road at the Caboolture River, Caboolture.

Completion:

Construction was completed in mid-2017.

Benefits:

The project has improved safety for motorists through a new, safer and higher-standard bridge, enhanced access for pedestrians and cyclists, and improved freight efficiency by allowing previous load limits on the bridge to be removed.

Funding:

$17.1 million construction project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Regions:
North Coast Region

Project info

The original single-lane southbound Caboolture River Bridge was built in 1918, and widened to 2 lanes in 1987. The 2-lane northbound bridge was later built in 1994. 

The older part of the southbound bridge was 98 years old and nearing the end of its useful life. Investigations confirmed the bridge needed to be replaced for structural and safety reasons.

Replacing the southbound bridge was identified as a priority and the Australian and Queensland governments provided funding of $17.1 million under the Bridge Renewal Program to replace the bridge. 

Construction

Construction began in mid-2016. Demolition of the southbound bridge involved the removal of 8 spans, 7 piers, and 2 abutments, totalling about 1,600 tonnes of concrete and 20 tonnes of steel that were sent for recycling. 

The department took extra care to preserve the history of the 98-year-old southbound bridge. Sections of the piles from the 1919 bridge, and its 1987 widening, were provided to the Caboolture Historical Association. 

In June 2017, both lanes of traffic on the new southbound bridge were open to traffic. 

The new 2-lane bridge includes a 3m shared pedestrian and cyclist path, separated from the road by a metal barrier. 

Key milestones

  • Early June 2016 – early works started.
  • Late June 2016 – southbound bridge closes.
  • September 2016 – demolition of original southbound bridge complete.
  • End December 2016 – construction of new bridge reaches halfway.
  • May 2017—1 lane of traffic opens on new southbound bridge.
  • June 2017—both lanes of traffic open on new southbound bridge.
  • Mid-2017 – construction completed.

Contact details

Email: northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: (07) 5451 7055
Post: Caboolture River Bridge Replacement Project
Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 1600
Maroochydore Qld 4558

Community info

Fact sheet

Find out more about the project by reading the fact sheet.

Project layout

Learn more about the upgrade by viewing the project layout.

Project photos

Last updated
15 March 2019