Construction of the $6 million Barr Creek Bridge to connect Machans Beach and Holloways Beach is set to get underway later this year.
Cairns Regional Council said the bridge would provide a shared pathway between the two beach communities as part of the Northern Beaches Leisure Trail that will connect Palm Cove to the Cairns city once complete.
It this week awarded the contract for the construction of the cycling and pedestrian bridge to Davbridge Constructions following a tender process.
The proposed bridge alignment falls within environmentally significant areas, which means construction will be subject to strict codes and need to mitigate and minimise any potential environmental impacts.
The low- profile, concrete bridge will be about 150m long and 3.5m wide, and have a 20m ramp on the Holloways Beach side and a 10m ramp on the Machans Beach side.
Council has received Federal and State Government funding contributions for this project.
It is envisaged that bridge construction will commence in September and be completed by August 2021.
Council rolls out $6.5m in road funds
The Cairns Regional Council has also this week approved more than $6.5 million in works to maintain its 1270km road network.
Eight roads in seven Cairns suburbs will be renewed as part of the $2.8 million 2020/21 Major Pavement Rehabilitation Program.
The council has also allocated $2.3 million in the 2020/21 Capital Works Budget for Pavement Rehabilitation W4Q3, which is separate to the annual Pavement Rehabilitation Program.
This program – funded through the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland – will target five roads, including: Aplin St, Cairns city; Riverside Parade, Trinity Park; MacNamara St, Manunda; Lily St, Cairns North; and Petersen Rd, Edmonton.
Council also endorsed $1.5 million for its Asphalt Overlay Program, which will address about 5km of renewals at 11 roads.