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Wide Bay/Burnett

Fast facts

Map of of Wide Bay Burnett District 
Map of Queensland with Wide Bay Burnett District highlighted 
Area covered

48,503km2

Population of Queensland

5.92%

Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles www.qgso.qld.gov.au, April 2020

2,970km

State-controlled roads*

272km

National Land Transport Network*

396,347

Vehicle and machinery registrations

64

Boating infrastructures

15

Community safety events held

4,857

Vehicle safety inspections completed

294

Bridges**

5,518

Drivers licence tests conducted

269,667

Customer face-to-face interaction

120

Priority enabled intersection

Data source: *A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 30 June 2020
Data source: **Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2020

Highlights

  • Completed construction to replace the Lochaber Creek timber bridge on the Burnett Highway, with a new wider concrete structure, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Completed the design for dual overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway at Tinana, near Maryborough, funded by the Australian Government.
  • Completed a safety upgrade of the Bruce Highway at Chatsworth, north of Gympie, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Commenced replacing Coondoo Creek Bridge on Tin Can Bay Road, near Gympie, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Completed construction of two overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway at Woco Creek, west of Apple Tree Creek, funded by the Australian Government.

Section D: Woondum to Curra project

Preconstruction activities are underway in readiness to deliver the Section D: Woondum to Curra project.

The 26 kilometre Section D project will bypass Gympie on a new alignment to the east of the city. This final section of the Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra project will improve safety, efficiency, and flood immunity on the Bruce Highway.

Early works are underway with the project corridor cleared of all structures, and communications and power lines are currently being relocated to make way for the new highway.

The final design was presented to the community in late 2019.  Project updates were sent to over 22,000 homes and over 350 people attended public information stands.

A three stage procurement process has been underway since November 2019 to select two main construction contractors to deliver Section D. The first construction contract is expected to be awarded in late July 2020.

Coondoo Creek Bridge replacement

Works began in June 2019 to construct a new Coondoo Creek Bridge on Tin Can Bay Road about 34 kilometres east of Gympie.

The project involves replacing the existing 60 year old timber bridge with a raised, three-span concrete structure. The new wider structure will be built on a new and improved alignment to the west of the existing bridge. Replacing the bridge will result in improved safety, flood immunity, community connectivity, and reduced maintenance costs.

The project reached a significant milestone in late April 2020 with the placement of 15 bridge girders, each weighing 82 tonnes.

The project is jointly funded under Round Six of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

Weather and construction conditions permitting, it is expected the new bridge will open to traffic in late 2020, weather permitting.

Pialba–Burrum Heads Road, Sawmill Road and Karraschs Road intersection

In May 2020, works to install and switch on traffic signals at the Pialba–Burrum Heads Road, Sawmill Road and Karraschs Road intersection were completed.

Funded by the Targeted Road Safety Program, the project aims to coordinate investment by delivering infrastructure and technology to improve road safety.

Commencing in March 2020, the signalised intersection upgrade will improve road safety and traffic flow. The introduction of signalised pedestrian crossings and a shared bicycle path are also improved safety measures for the community.

The speed limit on Pialba–Burrum Heads Road at the intersection was reduced to 60 kilometres per hour and then transitions into 80 kilometres per hour toward the Pialba–Burrum Heads Road, Dundowran Road and Ansons Road intersection to the east.

Dickabram Bridge

Dickabram Bridge is located on Miva Road approximately 11 kilometres west of Gunalda. The bridge comprises 13 timber spans and three steel truss/timber spans, and the deck is a combined road/rail configuration. 

This bridge, built by Queensland Rail as part of the Kilkivan Branch Rail Line, is the only known bridge that combines hogback and lattice steel trusses with timber pier approaches. It opened in 1886 and was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992.

Works completed on the bridge included:

  • the replacement of headstocks (original construction provided for a single headstock placed directly on top of the line of piles) on pier groups in excess of five metres in height
  • sandblast and repaint the steel trusses and pier columns
  • rehabilitate the timber components on three spans
  • replace/repair the steel balustrade rail.

Safety, environmental, historical, and quality management aspects were considered with detailed planning and assessments to ensure infrastructure solutions resolved unique challenges.

Traveston Commercial Roadside Facility and Driver Rest Area

In September 2018, the department signed an agreement with a proponent led by the original founder of Matilda Fuel Supplies, Peter O'Keefe, to develop a Commercial Roadside Facility and Driver Rest Area at the Traveston Road Interchange (Bruce Highway) at Traveston. The agreement was the result of a competitive tender process to engage the private sector to design and develop a 24-hour roadside facility complete with fuel, food outlets, potential for future electric vehicle charging infrastructure, public amenities, and light and heavy vehicle driver rest amenities. 

The facility will help address driver fatigue management and aim to improve road safety outcomes by providing drivers with access to goods and services to meet their needs – encouraging them to stop and get effective rest. The development is on state owned land provided on a long-term lease. Construction commenced in early 2020 with completion of works and an opening scheduled for late 2020.