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Key upgrades to 'extend lifespan' of busy Noosa bridge set to begin

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A bridge that carries more than 20,000 vehicles a day to Noosa’s Hastings Street precinct is set to undergo a $3.7 million revamp.

The upgrade to Garth Prowd Bridge at Noosa Heads is part of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program and will boost road safety and connectivity.

Noosa Council’s acting infrastructure services director Shaun Walsh said the bridge was a vital link for about 21,000 vehicles daily, as well as pedestrians and cyclists.

“This extensive upgrade is a significant investment in our community’s infrastructure and will extend the lifespan of the bridge by 50 years, while enhancing its safety and functionality for all users,” he said.

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Federal Minister for Regional Development and Local Government Kristy McBain said the Garth Prowd Bridge was a key part of Noosa’s cycle network and transport corridor.

She said it was important that as the region grows and attracts more visitors, the bridge remains fit-for-purpose.

The scope of works includes concrete and steel corrosion repairs, protective coating treatments, pile encasement, replacement of the southern walkway’s timber decking and resurfacing the bridge’s asphalt road.

Construction is due to start in early March, with completion anticipated by late June this year, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The well-known Garth Prowd Bridge is set to be renewed.

Mr Walsh said the bridge would remain open to traffic during construction, however motorists and pedestrians were advised of potential lane closures and traffic control measures.

“We understand that construction works may cause inconvenience to the community, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this period,” Mr Walsh said.

“To mitigate impacts, variable message signs will provide advance notice of changed traffic conditions and alternate routes.”

With construction scaffolding in place, marine access beneath the bridge will be suspended during works, with users encouraged to seek alternative travel routes.

Mr Walsh said bridge jumping was also strictly prohibited.

The Garth Prowd Bridge upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Noosa Council as part of the Bridge Renewal Program.

The Australian Government has committed $1.75 million and Noosa Council close to $2 million towards the $3.7 million project.

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