Designing a Bridge to a Floodless Future

An illustration of the single 212 metre bridge design destined to cross over the North Pine River & Sideling Creek.

Shovels will hit the ground later this year on a solution to flooding along one of Moreton Bay’s key connectors. 

Moreton Bay Regional Council will be upgrading Youngs Crossing Road at Joyner where it crosses the North Pine River to improve its flood immunity, safety and vehicle carrying capacity given forecast growth in population, development and traffic volumes.

The jointly-funded project between council and the Federal Government will see a new 212m bridge built west of the existing road at Petrie which will provide a solution to the 20,000 vehicles that use this stretch of road. Currently, during heavy rain events or when the nearby dam releases water, the road is cut off from vital services. 

Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton welcomed progress on the project, and said the Federal Government had committed more than $30 million towards the upgrade to get it started as soon as possible.

‘Thanks to our funding commitment, council has already been able to get started on early works and bring about a solution that’ll provide resilience for a one in 100-year flood event,’Mr Dutton said.

‘It only takes a few severe storms like the ones we’ve seen just this summer to put Young Crossing out of action, forcing drivers to take a much longer detour and putting pressure on other roads like the Bruce highway and Old Gympie Road.’

The project will also include upgrades to the Protheroe Road intersection and ongoing access to nearby parks as requested by locals.

The expressions of interest process will run until April this year, with short-listed businesses then invited to tender for the project and start works in the second half of 2022, weather and construction conditions permitting.

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