New bridge for Noah Ck by late 2019

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

A new bridge is on the way for Noah Creek on Cape Tribu­la­tion Road thanks to a $1.125 mil­lion grant from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund.

Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil will con­trib­ute $375,000 to the project, which will cost $1.5 mil- lion. Coun­cil aims to com­plete the new bridge by late 2019.

There have been re­pairs over the years, in­clud­ing a 2012 re­fur­bish­ment on tim­ber gird­ers, re­pair of a tim­ber girder with a steel splint in 2014 and fur­ther main­te­nance in 2017.

Coun­cil’s struc­tural as­sess­ment in 2016 in­di­cated the time for bridge re­newal.

Ma­son’s Cafe owner Lawrence Ma­son said some lo­cals be­lieved the old bridge should be left in place and the new one lo­cated be­side it, to en­sure a cross­ing if the creek flooded while con­struc­tion was un­der way.

“It’s crit­i­cal that the by-pass is the old bridge and the new bridge is built be­side it,” he said.

Noah Creek Bridge

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