Replacement of Monduran Bridge

Poject Update:


March - April 2017

Owing to the current drought conditions, Sunwater have had to release significant irrigation waters which have impacted site conditions.  Subsequently, RoadTek cannot complete the project until release of dam waters has ceased.  The opening of the new crossing is deferred until river heights allow for completion of ancillary works. 

In the meantime, Council is realigning the northern approach to improve the grade of the road to facilitate safe access for heavy vehicles.  These complimentary works are due to start the week commencing 20 March and are expected to be finalised by May, 2017; weather permitting.



January - February 2017

The contractor has returned to site and work recommended on the 30 January 2016.  Works planned for the month of February include backfilling culverts, infilling link slabs, constructing the  deck wearing surface, installing fishway baffles and rock protection in the culvert footprint area.  At this stage, works are on schedule to fininsh by the end of March 2017.

In addition to the new culvert construction, Council will be constructing a realignment of the northern approach to improve safety.  These works will be commencing in mid March 2017 and are expected to take eight weeks to complete.


November 2016

The project is progressing well.  Installation of culverts was programmed in consultation with Sun Water with regards to the release of irrigation water.  All 12 cells have been installed and the wings and headwalls are being poured.

October 2016

Eight weeks of frameworking and concreteing continues into the month of October to provide the base slabs for the large culverts, due to arrive on site in early November.



September 2016

During September 2016, excavation and base slab preparation is undertaken in four stages to allow diversion of river flow away from the works and to maintain flow at all times.



Demolition of the old timber bridge commenced in the last week of June 2016.



Project Overview:

Bundaberg Regional Council and the Australian and Queensland Governments support the economic and social future of the Monduran locality by funding the cost of this $3 Million bridge replacement under the Australian Government Bridges Renewal Program and the Queensland Government Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme

The existing timber bridge on Monduran Road was assessed to be suitable for a 15 tonne load rating.  Given the heavy industry requirements of this area, a temporary side track was constructed to accommodate heavy vehicles.  However, the timber structure sustained so much damage in the 2013 flood that Monduran Bridge had to be closed to all traffic.  The low level side track is susceptible to frequent flooding.

Tenders have been called for the demolition and removal of the existing timber bridge and construction of the replacement crossing  on Monduran Road.  The multi cell slab link culvert crossing will be constructed along the existing bridge alignment and will comprise of 12 spans of precast box culverts with concrete deck, fishway treatments and roadworks at the approach to the crossing.  Bridge specialists, Roadtek have been engaged to carry out this work.  Construction of the new crossing is expected to commence in July 2016.

The new concrete crossing will provide a 2 lane heavy load rated structure to accommodate the needs of local graziers, citrus farmers and sawmill whilst providing a higher flood immunity than the existing low level heavy vehicle bypass and previous timber bridge.

The Australian Government Bridge Renewal Funding Scheme and the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme will each fund 50% of the project.

Please click on this link to read Council's media release.