Bridge closures scheduled

The Burdekin Bridge will be closed over the first weekend in April to carry out maintenance works.

Planned night works on the Burdekin Bridge involving the removal and replacement of sloping cord braces, will see the Bridge closed during the following times:
9.30 pm Saturday 2 April to 6.00 am Sunday 3 April
and 6.00 pm Sunday 3 April to 5.00 am Monday 4 April 2022
The works are part of the Burdekin River Bridge Rehabilitation project.
Queensland Police and traffic controllers will be on-site while works are underway and to ensure priority access through the work zone for emergency services.
Road users are asked to drive carefully through the roadwork zones, follow the direction of traffic controllers and adhere to reduced speed limits.

Drivers are being asked to factor additional travelling times into their journeys to allow for delays.

Crews repairing cord brace on the Burdekin Bridge in 2021
Slipping Cord Brace
 
Work activities
• April 2022 will replace three damaged sloping cord braces
• Overall activities require the removal and replacement of approximately 40 damaged sloping cord braces on the Burdekin River Bridge
• For this work to be carried out, the Burdekin River Bridge must be closed to all trains and wide loads. Therefore, works have been scheduled on dates to coincide with other programmed Queensland Rail maintenance works when trains are not running along this section of the North Coast Line
• Working at night will also allow the work to be completed as quickly and safely as possible when traffic volumes are low
 
Traffic impacts
• Temporary lane closures, speed restrictions and width restrictions on the Bruce Highway
• Use of heavy vehicles and machinery to remove and replace the sloping cord braces
• Workers, heavy vehicles, and machinery near live traffic lanes
• While TMR will make every effort during these works to minimise impacts, road users can expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Please factor additional travel time into your journey
• Noise associated with the use of heavy machinery
• Additional lighting will be used for the safety of workers and road users
• Traffic controllers providing direction, and advanced warning signs notifying road users of these changes.
 
Other scheduled dates (subject to change)
Saturday 4 June to Monday 6 June 2022 has been scheduled to complete a further three damaged sloping cord braces.
For further information about these works contact the TMR’s Northern District office by email at engagement.northern@tmr.qld.gov.au or telephone 1800 625 648.
 
Heavy vehicle operators
Additional restrictions in relation to wide loads are in place.
For more information about the oversize and wide load restriction please contact the onsite supervisor by telephoning 0407 690 314.
 
Wide load restrictions
The following wide load restrictions will also be in place.
· Heavy vehicles operators with an oversize vehicle or wide loads of 3.4 m wide or greater will not be permitted to cross the Burdekin River Bridge during these works. The existing height restriction of 4.5 m remains in place
· The Bruce Highway will reopen to oversize and wide loads between 6 am and 6 pm on Sunday 3 April 2022; and after the work is completed at 5 am on Monday 4 April 2022
· Wide load operators are advised to avoid the area and make alternative plans while the Bruce Highway is closed to loads wider than 3.4 m
· For more information about the oversize and wide load restriction please contact the onsite supervisor by telephoning 0407 690 314.
· Queensland Police and traffic controllers will be on-site while works are underway and to ensure priority access through the work zone for emergency services.
· Road users are asked to drive carefully through the roadwork zones, follow directions of traffic controllers and adhere to reduced speed limits.
 
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) thank you for your patience and understanding during these important works.

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