The existing access bridge to the Noosa Water Treatment Plant is nearing the end of its lifespan and needs replacing. Work to replace the existing bridge has been brought forward to ensure that a new bridge is in position ahead of the main construction work on the Lake Macdonald Dam Upgrade.
The intersection and bridge at the junction of Lake Macdonald Drive and the Noosa Water Treatment Plant access road will be the main entry and exit for the Lake Macdonald Dam Upgrade construction work.
The new bridge will be built downstream of the existing structure, and it will cater for future operational requirements and construction activities.
This will have the benefit of providing safe passage to haul trucks and heavy equipment as well as ongoing access to the Water Treatment Plant and its operations staff.
A design and construct contract has been awarded, and the contractor will be mobilising to the site from mid – October.
The construction of the new bridge and improvements to the access road are expected to take up to six months, subject to ground conditions, weather and other unforeseen circumstances.
To ensure that the multi-use recreation trails can remain open, we will be altering the access points to these trails in collaboration with Noosa Shire Council.
On completion of the Lake Macdonald Dam Upgrade Project, late 2023, the old Noosa Water Treatment Plant bridge will be decommissioned and removed.
For more information, please read the Noosa Water Treatment Plant bridge Fact Sheet.