Dusty Rhodes to move upstream
  • Wednesday 05 November 2008

A recommendation to keep the existing Dusty Rhodes Bridge open, while construction of a new bridge takes place upstream, gained the support of the Sunshine Coast Council Service Delivery Committee today, with councillors referring the report to next week’s Ordinary Meeting for adoption.

Dusty Rhodes Bridge forms an essential link between Nambour and the coast, carrying up to 7,000 vehicles per day. With the bridge nearing the end of its serviceable life, council explored the option of closing Dusty Rhodes Bridge for a period of six months while construction of new bridge took place on the same alignment.

Division 7 Cr Ted Hungerford said that before council made any decisions, they wanted to find out how closure would affect the immediate community.

“The ideal location for a new bridge is in the same place, as there are certain issues involved with building the bridge on a different alignment,” Cr Hungerford said.

“We went out to community consultation to guide our decision making; after all, we didn’t know or want to guess how the closure would affect the community.

“Over 90% of respondents were opposed to closure, which certainly gave us the feedback we needed to move forward.

“There are a few alternative routes between Nambour and the coast, but for the community surrounding the bridge, they all involve travelling considerable distances.”

Council contracted a consultant to complete a comprehensive options paper exploring feasible options for new bridge construction. The paper considered six options, with Option 4 (to construct a new bridge up stream) preferred, based on the best balance of cost, risk, social and environmental impacts.

Over $6.6 million has been allocated in council’s 07/08, 08/09 09/10 capital works budget, with an additional $1 million available from state government grants.

Council will go out to tender for the construction of the bridge, with the project due for completion in early 2010. The new bridge will feature pedestrian and bicycle access ensuring an integrated transport approach for Petrie Creek Road.