Lane closures and load restrictions on Burdekin River Bridge


Lane closures and restrictions on wide loads will be enforced when night work is done on the Burdekin River Bridge Rehabilitation Project from April 2-4.

The  Burdekin Bridge is an important part of the Bruce Highway and is between the Burdekin region towns of Home Hill and Ayr in north Queensland.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has advised Big Rigs that to minimise inconvenience to road users, TMR is undertaking these works at night to replace the sloping cord braces on the bridge.

The hours will be 9.30pm-6am on the Saturday (April 2), 6pm-5am on the Sunday (April 3) and from 6pm-5am on  the Monday (April 4).

All work will be subject to construction progress and weather conditions and includes replacing three damaged sloping cord braces.

Overall activities will require the removal and replacement of approximately 40 damaged sloping cord braces and fr this work to be carried out, the 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 will also include speed restrictions and use of heavy vehicles and machinery to remove and replace the sloping cord braces.

The following wide load restrictions will also be in place:

  • Heavy vehicles operators with an oversize vehicle or wide loads of 3.4m wide or greater will not be permitted to cross the Burdekin River Bridge during these works.
  • The existing height restriction of 4.5m remains in place.

The Bruce Highway will reopen to oversize and wide loads between 6am and 6pm on Sunday, April 3, and after the work is completed at 5am on Monday, April 4.

Wide load operators are advised to avoid the area and make alternative plans while the Bruce Highway is closed to loads wider than 3.4m.

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