Vines Creek Bridges Replacement
We have replaced 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.
- Contributes to economy
- Improves flood immunity
- 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 1m storm surge protection following the completion of Mackay Regional Council's levee wall.
- Total investment
- $28 million
- Queensland Government
- $28 million
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.
- 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.
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.