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Vines Creek Bridges replacement

Overview:

The Queensland Government has committed $28 million to replace 2 bridges at Vines Creek. The Vines Creek Bridges are a key link in Mackay's transport network as they are the sole access for heavy vehicles travelling to the Port of Mackay.

Location:

Mackay-Slade Point Road, (Harbour Road) Mackay.

Benefits:

The replacement bridges have been designed with an increased mass limit to better accommodate heavy vehicles transporting commodities such as fuel, sugar, mining equipment and grain to and from the Port of Mackay. The project will improve the connectivity and efficiency of Mackay's transport corridors and support the growth of industry in the region.

Supplier:

Queensland Government.

Funding:

$28 million.

Regions:
Central Region - Mackay Whitsunday District

Project info

The Vines Creek Bridges Replacement Project was fast-tracked by the Queensland Government as part of its Accelerated Works Program.

Detailed design for the project was completed in November 2016, which included the structural design of the replacement bridges, the bridge approaches and integration of Mackay Regional Council's levee wall. The design process also included planning for the relocation of services such as phone, electrical and water infrastructure. 

Key benefits of the project include:

  • an increased mass limit to better accommodate heavy vehicles travelling to and from the Port of Mackay
  • improved cyclist and pedestrian access with the construction of a dedicated footpath
  • additional 1 metre storm surge protection following the completion of Mackay Regional Council's levee wall.

The project will support an average of 42 jobs over the life of the project.

Tenders for the project were called in November 2016 and the contract was awarded to Queensland Bridge and Civil in April 2017. Early works including service relocation continued throughout April, before the main construction activity started in May 2017.

Originally programmed to be completed in March 2019, the project has continually reached construction milestones ahead of schedule. The inbound bridge opened to traffic in February 2018 and the outbound bridge was opened to traffic in August 2018. Overall project works were completed in December 2018.

Community info

Higher Mass Limit Route

With the opening of the first bridge in February 2018, the Higher Mass Limit (HML) route was extended from the Bruce Highway to the Mackay Port for the first time. HML routes allow some vehicles to travel at a higher mass under certain conditions. Details of HML routes in Queensland are available on the HML maps page. 

For more information about the project, please contact the Mackay office on the details below:

Contact details

Email: mackay.office@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 4951 8555

Key milestones

  • November 2016: Tenders for construction were called
  • April 2017: Award of successful tender and early works 
  • May 2017: Start of construction
  • February 2018: New inbound bridge is opened to traffic
  • August 2018: New outbound bridge opened to traffic
  • December 2018: Overall project completion.

Media gallery

Map of Vines Creek bridge

New inbound bridge
New inbound bridge, and dedicated pedestrian and cyclist path

New inbound bridge, and dedicated pedestrian and cyclist path
New inbound bridge

New outbound bridge
New outbound bridge

New outbound bridge
New outbound bridge

Last updated
07 January 2019