Archer River Crossing

Customer: Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR)

Contract: Procure and Construct

Location: Cape York Region, Queensland


Transport Solutions Australia

Fast Facts

  • 230 m long (11x 21 m spans), 10.4 m wide bridge
  • Earthworks and drainage
  • Vertical alignment modification to improve resilience to flooding
  • Guardrails, signs, and pavement marking.

McConnell Dowell is delivering the Archer River Crossing project for Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in Far North Queensland.

The Archer River Crossing is the latest project in a program of upgrades as part of the Cape York Region Package (CYRP) Stage 2, which is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Roads of Strategic Importance program.  

Every wet season, the crossing is closed for long periods due to flooding. When complete, the new crossing will reduce the average annual time of closure to less than two days, improving access for road users and improving connectivity for some of Queensland’s most remote communities.

Our scope of work includes:

  • a new 230 m long (11x 21 m spans), 10.4 m wide bridge over Archer River
  • vertical alignment modification to improve resilience to flooding
  • bitumen surfacing
  • earthworks and drainage
  • guardrails, signs, and pavement marking.

The new bridge will be located around 20 metres downstream of the existing crossing, with abutments and piers supported by three 1200 mm diameter columns.

Drawing upon our extensive remote road and bridge construction knowledge, we have developed a methodology that will deliver the project at a faster than normal pace.

We have also developed a project-specific procurement strategy that will maximise the use of local and regional businesses and deliver greater benefits to the region, beyond the infrastructure itself.

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