Dexter Rd bridge works

  • Type of work: New Road / Major Road Works
  • Suburb: Gordonvale
  • Work period (anticipated): 15/06/2020 to 05/11/2020
  • Description: Road closure required for bridge works
  • Likely impacts: Noise; Dust; Traffic Control; Road Closure
  • Location: Dexter Road
  • Status: Closed

The following roadworks are programmed for DEXTER ROAD from MONDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2020 (weather permitting).

  • Type of work: Asphalt overlay of Dexter Road on both approaches to the bridge, from the Littles Road intersection to property no.  92R Dexter Road.
  • Approximate Duration: 6 weeks to complete, 6.00am to 6.00pm (weather permitting)

The temporary road closure of Dexter Road will remain in place during these works with detours via Littles Rd > Hall Rd > Bruce Highway and Crossland Rd > Highleigh Rd > Cairns Rd. Agricultural vehicle access is available via a temporary bypass.

Stage 1 works will be on the north-west side of the bridge to the Littles Rd intersection (approx. 3 weeks duration). Stage 2 works will be on the south-east side of the bridge to property no. 92R Dexter Road (approx. 3 weeks duration). During this time, residents are advised to use the above alternative routes if property access falls within the above work zones.

Please observe and obey traffic controllers and signs advising the changes to normal traffic conditions, and follow detours as sign posted, where required.

Bridge works are estimated to be complete in November 2020, weather permitting.

Council appreciates your patience and cooperation during this time.

Project update

Bridge works are nearing completion and the road will be reopened on Wednesday afternoon, 4 November 2020.

Bridge replacement works are required in Dexter Road, Gordonvale.

The Dexter Road bridge, situated over O’Leary Creek, is over 50 years old and is due for renewal. The deteriorated one-way timber bridge will be replaced with a two lane, single span concrete bridge with improved flood immunity and pedestrian path. Alignment changes will also improve the approaches to the bridge and no load limits will be required. Additional works required include pavement widening and sealing to provide a two lane approach on both sides of the bridge, and modifications to the private access on the western side of the bridge.

Bridge replacement works are proposed to start mid-June 2020 and it is estimated that the project will take around 4 - 6 months to complete, weather permitting.

During this time, a full road closure of Dexter Road will be required with detours via Little Rd > Hall Rd > Bruce Highway and Crossland Rd > Highleigh Rd > Cairns Rd.

There will be a temporary bypass road available near the bridge location for agricultural machinery needs only.

Council understands that this closure will cause inconveniences and thanks you for your patience and understanding.

Further advice will be issued once construction timeframes have been confirmed.

Clearing the site of vegetation will be required. Should you require additional information, please contact Council on 4044 3303 or email

This $2 million project is being funded by the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program Round Four (R4) and Cairns Regional Council.

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Last updated: 05 November 2020