Community helps shape new foundation design for Munna Point Bridge
  • Wednesday 13 April 2011

Division 11 Councillor Russell Green shared the outcomes of community consultation about the Munna Point Bridge refounding works project at an information session held last Thursday (7 April) at Sunshine Coast Council’s Tewantin offices.

Plans are underway to provide new foundations to the bridge within the next three years due to the effects of concrete corrosion caused by salt water exposure. It is council’s intention to keep the existing bridge and approach lanes open to pedestrian and vehicular traffic during refounding works which are currently slated for 2013.

Councillor Green said that following community feedback about the preferred design of the bridge’s foundations, along with preferred timing and staging of construction, council could now proceed with the final design and costings of the project.

"The community has voiced their support to keep the bridge open during construction works; to make provision for future cycling paths and improved pedestrian access; and to ensure an architecturally designed outcome for the new foundations.

"We’ve also received invaluable information about preferred timing and staging of construction works along with community concerns about potential construction impacts and the current, dangerous habit of people jumping from the bridge.

"After assessing all of the feedback, we intend to proceed with design option B, based on the community’s support for this design and the opportunity for us to explore potential bridge jumping mitigation options as part of the project."

Cr Green said that although the issue of bridge jumping was not part of the original scope of works, council would now include jumping mitigation design strategies as part of the project.

Council has engaged the services of professional design and engineering firm Arup to design the technical aspects of the new substructure (bridge foundations) and local (Tinbeerwah) architectural firm, Bark Design, to work on the aesthetics of the project in consultation with Council.

To keep up to date on the project visit council’s website click on ‘community engagement’ and ‘have your say’ to locate the Munna Point Bridge refounding project.