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Bruce Highway bridge upgrade (Cattle Creek and Frances Creek)


Construction of a new higher-level bridge and approaches at Cattle Creek and a new, wider bridge at Frances Creek; as well as upgrades to the Frances Creek rest area / driver reviver site.


Cattle Creek and Frances Creek, approximately 10km south of Ingham on the Bruce Highway.


Late 2018.


Improved flood immunity and safety, freight connectivity and improved accessibility to essential health services .


AECOM Australia Pty Ltd has been appointed to carry out the detailed design of the project. A contract for construction is expected to be awarded in April 2017.


$174 million. The Australian Government has committed $139.2 million to this project. The Queensland Government has committed $34.8 million. The project is part of the Australian and Queensland Governments $8.5 billion, 10-year program of works to upgrade the Bruce Highway.

Northern Region

Project info

Detailed design has recently been completed for the Cattle Creek and Frances Creek upgrade project, construction is due to commence in April 2017.

The project involves widening 5.8km of road and bridge infrastructure, construction of 2 new bridges, raising the highway to improve flood immunity, upgrading several rural intersections to safer configurations, and upgrading the Frances Creek rest area.

This project will deliver vital improvements to flood immunity, safety, freight connectivity and productivity when completed in late 2018. Detailed hydraulic modelling has shown that the upgrade is needed to significantly reduce Bruce Highway closures during major floods, and eliminate closures during minor floods (which currently occur every 1-2 years).

the upgrade will improve access for freight on the crucial Brisbane—Cairns supply chain. It will also improve access to essential health services for Hinchinbrook Shire residents, by reducing flooding disruptions between Ingham and Townsville.

The project's Customer & Stakeholder Management team is committed to listening to stakeholders and values all community feedback during the project's construction.

Latest news

Media statement

21 November 2016: Local suppliers to benefit from highway upgrade works

Last updated
14 February 2017