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We have been advised that the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will commence bridge replacement works on Laura River bridge (Shelleys crossing) on Peninsula Developmental Road (Laura – Coen) from Friday 9 December 2022, weather and construction conditions permitting.

This project will replace the bridge deck that was damaged during flooding. Assistance will be provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

For the safety of workers and road users, intermittent full bridge closures are required while crews are on-site. To facilitate through traffic, crews will allow 30-minute openings throughout each day. The bridge will be closed at the following times during the works:

Closed            7.00am-8.30am

Open               8.30am-9.00am

Closed            9.00am-12.30pm

Open               12.30pm-1.00pm

Closed            1.00pm-5.00pm

Open               5.00pm onwards

There will not be an alternate route available during the bridge closure times. TMR has arrangements in place to provide emergency access during the bridge closures if required. The bridge will be open at night.

Variable Message Signs will be in place prior to the closures to allow motorists ample opportunity to plan their travel.

The project will be carried out in two stages with this first stage of works expected to take two weeks to complete, pending construction and weather conditions.

The second stage of works for the bridge replacement will be carried out in January 2023. Specific dates for the second stage of works will be provided in early January 2023.

If you require further information about these works, please contact me by telephone on 4045 7144 or via email to

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

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