Early works set to get underway on Youngs Crossing
Published 08 April 2022
Preliminary works will soon officially begin on a $68 million bridge upgrade at Youngs Crossing Road that will solve decades of pain for Moreton Bay motorists.
Construction of a new 212 metre bridge and connecting road upgrades will provide flood immunity for up to a 1 in 100 year event and is expected to be complete by early 2024 thanks to $32.75 million from the Federal Government.
Acting Mayor Jodie Shipway thanked Peter Dutton, the Federal Member for Dickson, for securing Federal Government funding to help make this project a reality and solve a longstanding issue for Moreton Bay.
“The recent wet weather system was a stark reminder of the need to upgrade flood immunity at Youngs Crossing Road after it was closed for a total of 16 days straight between February 23 and March 8,” Ms Shipway said.
“That takes the tally up to nine separate closures for a total of roughly 26 days since 2021, which leaves 20,000 daily motorists seeking an alternative route and putting immense pressure on the surrounding road networks including the Bruce Highway.
“This has been a longstanding issue for our community, but this Council is doing what others haven’t in the past and we’ve found a way to get this enormous project done for locals.
“This wouldn’t be possible without the support of Peter Dutton and the Federal Government’s $32.75 million investment.
“The start of work will be a landmark moment as the largest infrastructure project in Council’s history, and adds to our record $743 million 2021-22 budget to build infrastructure, create jobs and drive the economy post COVID.”
Service relocation works are expected to begin next month before a tender is awarded to start construction by October.
Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said these upgrades will support over 500 jobs locally in a boost for the local community and economy.
“I’ve fought hard to secure this funding for our community, and I’m pleased to see works will get underway soon,” Mr Dutton said.
“We will flood proof Youngs Crossing Road up to a one in 100-year flood event, even when water is released from the North Pine Dam upstream.
“The recent flooding shows how much we need this upgrade and I’m proud to be working closely with Moreton Bay Regional Council to deliver this solution.”
For more information, please visit the project page: https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Projects/Roads/Youngs-Crossing