Mareeba Shire Council is starting construction on the John Doyle Bridge Project in Mareeba on Monday 1 June 2020.

To allow the works to be carried out safely, the John Doyle Bridge on Anzac Avenue will be closed from Friday 29 May 2020 for up to four months. Changed traffic conditions will be in place to ensure traffic flows efficiently via alternative routes. Motorists should allow extra travel time.

The project will include replacing the superstructure of the bridge (timber girders and steel deck) with steel concrete and strengthen the existing concrete substructure (piers and abutments). The works will increase the overall lifespan of the bridge, providing access to a significant residential area and a reliable transport route for freight and heavy vehicles.

Safe access for pedestrians, cyclists and those on mobility scooters will be available via a temporary foot-bridge.

During construction, the bridge will be temporarily closed to all traffic. Residents will need to access Mareeba’s CBD via the Kennedy Highway and allow extra travel time as there will only be one access into Mareeba.

Benefits

  • Enabling heavier vehicle access into Mareeba
  • Meeting the growth and future demands of the Shire
  • Decrease the maintenance requirements
  • Protecting the bridge’s integrity and durability
  • Provide safe travel over the bridge
  • Improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists

This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program, the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Program and Mareeba Shire Council.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will the bridge be higher? Without carrying out major road realignments, the height of the bridge will remain pretty much the same. The purpose of the upgrade is to strengthen the bridge to reinstate the 44-tonne capacity.
  • How long will the bridge be closed for? The bridge will be temporarily closed for up to four months to allow the works to be carried out safely and effectively.
  • Can I still go for my morning walk into town to collect the paper? Yes, safe access for pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooters will be maintained via a temporary foot-bridge. Solar lights will light up the foot-bridge after dark.
  • I live at Kuranda and work on Anzac Avenue, how do I get to work? If you are travelling from Kuranda and want to turn into Anzac Avenue, you will need to turn right into Hastie Road, then turn left onto Ceola Drive, then turn left onto Anzac Avenue. You cannot turn right onto Anzac Avenue off the highway.
  • I live at Kuranda and work in the Mareeba CBD, what is the quickest way to get to work? Follow the Kennedy Highway past Anzac Avenue and veer right on the Mareeba Connection Road. You will then come to a T intersection at Byrnes Street. Turn right at the temporary traffic lights then follow the road along Byrnes Street.
  • I live in town and I need to get to Amaroo for a medical appointment, what is the quickest way? Travel south along Byrnes Street then turn left onto the Mareeba Connection Road. Follow the Connection Road then turn left off the Kennedy Highway into Anzac Avenue. Drive along Anzac Avenue then right into Ceola Drive, then turn right onto Hastie Road, then left into Amaroo Drive.
  • I live in town and I need to drop my child at Daycare on Anzac Avenue, how do I get there? You will still be able to turn left into Anzac Avenue from the Kennedy Highway and turn back onto the Kenndy Highway from Anzac Avenue once you have dropped your child off. If you are coming from Kuranda, you will need to turn at Hastie Road then turn onto Ceola Drive, then onto Anzac Avenue.
  • Can I still turn left into Costin Street if I am coming from Atherton? Yes, you can turn left into Costin Street. You cannot turn right into Costin street if you are travelling from Mareeba.
  • Can I turn right out of Costin Street? Yes, you can still turn right or left out of Costin Street.
  • Can I turn right from Byrnes Street to Costin Street? To access Costin Street from Byrnes Street, you will need to detour via Basalt Street.
  • I am a truck driver coming from Cairns, how will these changes affect me? It is recommended that trucks and courier services travelling from Cairns, enter Mareeba via the Kennedy Highway, turning right onto Byrnes Street.
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