• Noah Creek Bridge

Budget:

Total: $1.5 million $1.125 million Federal Government $375,000 Douglas Shire Council

Project:

Noah Creek Bridge is located on the Cape Tribulation Road between Cape Tribulation and Thornton Beach and was built by the US Army Corp of Engineers during the Second World War.

It is now in poor condition, currently rated at ‘4’ under Department of Transport guidelines and is due for replacement.

Douglas Shire Council applied for and was successful in securing 75% of the estimated cost under Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Geo technical investigations have been done and Council has awarded the design and construct contract to NQ Civil Contractors Pty Ltd.

At this stage, the plan is to build a new crossing adjacent to the existing bridge which will remain in service during construction.

One of Council’s stipulations is that vehicle access across Noah Creek must be maintained throughout the construction process.

The final design of the new bridge will be up to the contractor but at this stage it is likely to be a concrete bridge.

In terms of timing, design and documentation is underway and expected to be finalised in the near future.

The next stage in the project is for the contractor to get the required environmental approvals and until all the permits are in place, a time frame for construction cannot be confirmed.

May 2019 update:

Council has received the preliminary design from NQ Civil Contractors.

The proposal is to built 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.

Useful links:

Wet Tropics Management Authority
http://www.wettropics.gov.au/environmental-weeds
http://www.wettropics.gov.au/weed-identification
https://www.wettropics.gov.au/permit-system
https://www.wettropics.gov.au/section-62-guidelines