Forgan Bridge

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Forgan Bridge
Forgan Bridge Mackay.JPG
New bridge finished construction, April 2010
Coordinates 21°08′15″S 149°11′17″E / 21.1376°S 149.188°E / -21.1376; 149.188Coordinates: 21°08′15″S 149°11′17″E / 21.1376°S 149.188°E / -21.1376; 149.188
CarriesMotor vehicles, Pedestrians
CrossesPioneer River
LocaleMackay, Queensland, Australia
Preceded bySydney Street Bridge (-1938), Forgan Bridge (1938-2011)
DesignPre-Cast Beam Superstructure
MaterialPrestressed concrete
Total length485 metres (1,591 ft)
Width26 metres (85 ft)
Constructed byGolding Contractors Pty Ltd[1]
Construction startMay 2008
Opened14 August 2011
Daily traffic(30,000 vehicles per day)

The Forgan Bridge is a road bridge over the Pioneer River in Mackay, Queensland, Australia.

The construction of the duplication and replacement of the old Forgan Bridge commenced in May 2008 and was completed in August 2011.[2]


The original Forgan Bridge was opened on 30 March 1938 by Mrs Forgan Smith, wife of the Queensland Premier William Forgan Smith,[3] as a replacement for the earlier Sydney Street Bridge.[4] The bridge was named in memory of Mary Forgan, the mother of former Queensland premier William Forgan Smith.[4]

The construction of a new 485-metre (1,591 ft) long, 4-lane bridge commenced in May 2008. The A$148 million Forgan Bridge Replacement and Duplication Project included replacement of two bridges; the Forgan Bridge and the Barnes Creek Bridge, and widening of Barnes Creek Road. The existing two-lane bridges and road were replaced with new four-lane bridges and road. The project was delivered in two stages; stage 1 included construction of new two-lane bridges and stage 2 included demolition of the existing bridges and construction of new two-lane bridges in their place.

Construction Project timeframe:

  • May 2008: Construction commenced
  • January 2010: Demolition of existing Barnes Creek Bridge
  • April 2010: Completion of Forgan Bridge Stage 1 and diversion of traffic onto the new bridge
  • May 2010: Commence demolition of existing Forgan Bridge
  • August 2010: Completion of Barnes Creek Bridge
  • Mid-2011: Project completed, both bridges open to traffic.


  1. ^ "Forgan Bridge Replacement". Golding Contractors Pty Ltd. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  2. ^ "New bridge opens with big party". Kate Bastable. Dailymercury. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Mackay Timeline". Mackay Historical Society. 19 September 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  4. ^ a b "Forgan Bridge commemorates city pioneers" (PDF). Tim Mulherin, M.P. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-08.

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Coordinates: 21°08′15.37″S 149°11′16.14″E / 21.1376028°S 149.1878167°E / -21.1376028; 149.1878167