Vines Creek Bridges replacement
- The project cost $28 million and was fast tracked by the Queensland Government as part of the Accelerated Works Program.
- A 3-metre-wide off-road shared pedestrian and bicycle riding pathway was constructed as part of the upgrade.
Further active transport enhancements in the region
The application of the CIP to the Vines Creek Bridges project has also supported further cycling infrastructure enhancements in the area. This includes two projects funded through the Active Transport Investment Program (ATIP) for the 2019-20 financial year.
TMR is funding the delivery of a dedicated shared pathway for bicycle riders and pedestrians, extending from the Vines Creek Bridge on Harbour Road (south bound side) to the Ron Searle Drive roundabout. Following that, the pathway will be extended from Ron Searle Drive roundabout to the Mackay Marina precinct along Ron Searle Drive. This second extension will be delivered by Mackay Regional Council with a 50/50 grant from TMR’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.
In total, an additional 2.6 kilometres of shared path and boardwalk (to preserve mangrove habitats) will be added to the network. Once completed, this link will provide a continuous shared pathway from the Mackay Harbour into the city centre and connection to the existing Bluewater Trail.
A time-lapse video of the Vines Creek Bridge Replacement.
The video shows the demolition and reconstruction of the second bridge (outbound bridge).
The Vines Creek Bridges replacement project was one of the Mackay region’s biggest road projects in recent times.
It involved the replacement of the two existing double lane bridges on Harbour Road with two new bridges. Completed in December 2018, the new inbound bridge (towards Mackay CBD) included an off-road shared path for walking and bike riding. The shared path is wide enough to facilitate two-way walking and riding and is separated from road traffic.
The shared path continues towards an existing off-road shared path along Harbour Road.
For more information, please contact the Cycling and Programs team by emailing Cycling_Infrastructure_Program@tmr.qld.gov.au.
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