Murphys Creek Road and Brookside Place intersection at Postmans Ridge has been upgraded to improve safety, road capacity, and increase road freight access and productivity.
Murphy’s Creek Road, Rocky Creek Bridge, replace bridge
Rocky Creek Bridge is being replaced to improve safety, traffic flow, flood immunity and efficiency.
Rocky Creek Bridge was originally built in 1928.
The new 2 lane concrete bridge will better support local traffic by improving safety, flood immunity and traffic flow on Murphy’s Creek Road. The project also includes realignment of Murphy’s Creek Road to connect the new bridge to the existing road network. The current bridge will remain open and will be decommissioned once the new bridge is operational.
- Improves safety
- Contributes to economy
- Contributes to regional growth
- Reduces maintenance
- Increases capacity
- Improves network efficiency
- Increases traffic flow
- Improves flood immunity
- Construction of a new concrete 2 lane bridge.
- Traffic will no longer have to stop and give way.
- Realigning Murphy’s Creek Road will improve lines of sight on the approaches.
- The new bridge will be built before the old bridge is decommissioned.
The Queensland Government has invested $11 million through the State Road Network Upgrade Program to design and construct the replacement bridge at Rocky Creek.
Investment ID 1650037.
- Total investment
- $11 million
- Queensland Government
- $11 million
Construction started in October 2021.
Murphy’s Creek Road, Rocky Creek Bridge, replace bridge, project map
During pre-construction, historic sandstone kerbing and channelling (stone pitching) was found next to the old bridge.
The sandstone kerbing and channelling was part of the original Rocky Creek Bridge constructed by the department (the Main Roads Board at the time) in 1928. It was arranged to help minimise erosion and direct water from Murphy’s Creek Road into Rocky Creek.
To conserve the historic sandstone in the local community, it has been relocated to the Postmans Ridge Pioneer Memorial Hall and arranged to reflect the original shape of the kerbing and channelling.
The historic sandstone kerbing and channelling associated with the original Rocky Creek Bridge
Image looking southwest on Murphys Creek Road. This image shows the excavated kerbing and channelling located on the northeast and southeast sides of the road (Sher Mitchell, 2021)