A key priority of the Far North Queensland Principal Cycle Network Plan 2016 is to construct a shared cycleway, connecting Mossman and Cooya Beach.
A shared cycleway from from Mossman to Junction Bridge has already been constructed, however, there is no dedicated bike path across the road bridge, which is traversed by a railway line.
This project will be delivered in two stages and address missing links and barriers currently presenting significant obstacles for safe cycling from Mossman to Cooya Beach.
Route: Commencing at the turnoff to Junction Road, this route travels down Bonnie Doon Road (across Junction Bridge), before looping back to the Captain Cook Highway, south of Mossman, via Cooya Beach. In Cooya Beach, there is an additional off-shoot down Melaleuca Drive to Bougainvillea Street.
Distance: 4.7 kms
Category: Principal Route
The Mossman to Cooya Beach shared cycleway will be delivered in two stages:
STAGE 1 – Junction Creek Shared Pedestrian Bridge
Cost of Project
Council has been offered a 50% contribution in total project costs under the Queensland Government’s Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program (CNLGGP).
Estimated construction costs for the Junction Creek Pedestrian Bridge and approach connections are budgeted at $800,000. Funding of $400,000 secured.
Stage 1 of the Mossman to Cooya Beach shared cycleway includes the construction of a Pedestrian Bridge over Junction Creek.
- March 2021
Construction will start on Monday 15 March 2021, with works expected to take 2.5 months.
Bonnie Doon Road will be reduced to one lane during the works, including provision of give way signage. The bridge configuration is a single-span located downstream of the existing Junction Creek Bridge.
A pedestrian dedicated alternate route will be defined during the construction period.
STAGE 2 – Shared cycleway from Junction Bridge to Cooya Beach
Cost of Project
Estimated construction costs for the Junction Bridge to Cooya Beach shared cycleway are budgeted at $2.5million.
Council will construct approximately 2.6kms of shared cycleway from Junction Bridge along Bonnie Doon Road to the Melaleuca Drive intersection at Cooya Beach.
December, 2019 – Council applied for Grant Funding.
FUTURE STAGES – Connect loop road from Cooya Beach to Captain Cook Highway (South of Mossman)
Planned for beyond 2021
Future stages includes extending the cycleway further along Bonnie Doon Road to the Captain Cook Highway (south of Mossman) as well as a shared pathway from the intersection at Melaleuca Drive through to Bougainvillea Street.