The construction of the Mooloolaba Walk & Ride Bridge, formed the last stage of Sunshine Coast Council’s Mooloolaba to Minyama Separated Bikeway, a joint initiative with the Queensland Government Cycle Network Program, and a flagship project for the Sunshine Coast region.
The Stage 5 bridge works were located within the sensitive marine environment of Mayes Canal on the Mooloolah River. The construction of the new bridge created a dedicated pedestrian and cycleway from Bindaree Crescent across to River Esplanade. Under its Active Transport Plan, Sunshine Coast Council was committed to encouraging cycling as a sustainable mode of transport across the region, easing congestion in urban areas, reducing carbon emissions and noise and creating a healthier community. With no dedicated off road riding facilities for commuter and recreational cyclists, this bikeway provided the missing link between Coolum in the north and Pelican Waters to the south.
Alder Constructions was engaged by Sunshine Coast Council to complete the company’s first project in the region, awarded in March 2018. Construction commenced in April 2018 and was completed in early December 2018 on time and on budget ahead of the official opening and busy Christmas holiday period. The $5m construct only contract was for a 3 span, zero joint, coloured-concrete bridge spanning 66m across the canal. The bridge boasts architectural and decorative features including a curved deck surface, intricately patterned parapets, coloured concrete bridge deck, parapets, retaining walls, footpaths, finely detailed stainless-steel balustrades and emotive feature lighting.
The Mooloolaba Walk and Ride Bridge was also named a finalist in the Civil Contractors Federation QLD 2019 Earth Awards and a winner in the 2019 IPWEAQ Excellence Awards.