Council has received the preliminary design from NQ Civil Contractors.
The proposal is to build a new crossing upstream of the existing bridge which is located on Cape Tribulation Road, between Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation [27 km by road north from the Daintree ferry and 9 km south of Cape Tribulation].
The new crossing will be a two lane bridge [vehicles only – no pedestrians access] and will be built from concrete with steel barrier rails.
The crossing’s flood immunity will be increased from approx. one in 10 year (10% chance of flooding per year) to one in 100 year (1% chance).
The existing bridge will remain in use until the new bridge is opened so it is anticipated there will be minimal impact to road users.
Note current weight restrictions will remain in place for the old bridge.
The old bridge will be removed to stream bed level once new bridge is in use.
By way of timing, once the preliminary design has been reviewed by Council engineers, it will be submitted to the various authorities for approval.
As approvals are required from several government departments a time-frame cannot be provided with any certainty.
Council is hopeful construction will commence this year, however, until the permits are received, a definite schedule cannot be provided.