Bruce Highway bridge upgrade (Yellow Gin Creek)
Construction of a new higher-level bridge and approaches.
Yellow Gin Creek, 30km south of Ayr.
Construction commenced in September 2015 and was completed in June 2016.
Improved flood immunity and safety, freight connectivity.
Seymour Whyte Constructions delivered this project.
The project is jointly funded by both the Australian and Queensland Governments. The Australian Government has committed $36 million, while the Queensland Government has invested $9 million.
- Northern Region
Work commenced in September 2015 to construct a new higher-level bridge and approaches on the Bruce Highway at Yellow Gin Creek, south of Ayr. The project opened to traffic in June 2016.
The project involved replacing the existing low-level floodway with a 120m long 2-lane bridge. The new crossing is about 2m higher than the existing floodway, providing significant flood immunity during the wet season.
The Beachmount Road intersection was also upgraded as part of the project, providing improved access for the nearby rural and coastal community of Wunjunga.
This project delivered vital improvements to flood immunity, safety, freight connectivity and productivity.
The project’s community engagement team is committed to listening to stakeholders and values all community feedback during the project’s construction.
Yellow Gin Creek plan
New bridge over Yellow Gin Creek, 30km south of Ayr.
Youngoorah Bridge over the Yellow Gin Creek, 30km south of Ayr.
Meaning of 'Youngoorah', the Juru Peoples' language name for women / women, and the name chosen for the new bridge over Yellow Gin Creek.
In October 2016 the department called for public submissions to name the new bridge over Yellow Gin Creek. 11 submissions were received, recognising the history and cultural significance of the area.
A panel of representatives from James Cook University, Burdekin Library, Burdekin Tourism Association and the Juru Traditional Owner Group considered the submissions and decided upon a name for the newly constructed bridge.
The 'Youngoorah Bridge' was officially named by the Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, the Honourable Coralee O'Rourke MP, at an event in December 2016.
Youngoorah is the Aboriginal language name meaning woman / women and is a fitting name to acknowledge the important role Yellow Gin Creek played in the lives of local Aboriginal women throughout the history of the Lower Burdekin.