Bruce Highway Cairns to Innisfail (McDonnell Creek)

Key capabilities: Major road and highway infrastructure; Major drainage infrastructure
Project location: Fishery Falls, Queensland
Client name: Department of Transport & Main Roads
Project duration: June 2016 – November 2016
Project value: $3.8 Million

About the project

This project involved the widening of the road and centreline to allow a 1 metre distance between vehicles along the Fishery Falls stretch of the Bruce Highway.

The project served the dual purpose of increasing road safety for local McDonnell Creek school students and residents, and also improved stormwater drainage through the site due to culvert extensions.

Project scope

  • General road excavation and embankment filling.
  • Culvert extensions and management of creek diversions.
  • Headwall construction.
  • Subgrade treatments (Type A and E and Rock Replacement).
  • CMB and CTB gravel placement.
  • AMC7/C170/PMB sealing.
  • Guardrail installation.
  • Installation of new road furniture.
  • Unsuitable material remove and replace.
  • Contraflow traffic management.
  • Working within QR rail corridor.

Innovations & highlights

  • Maintaining school and residential access during critical periods.
  • Placing 1,200 tonnes of gravel a day under one lane contraflow staging.
  • Delivery of works and sediment control during the project, which had rainfall of 700mm.