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Bowen Road Bridge repair project

Overview:

Repairs and strengthening on the concrete substructure of the Bowen Road bridge over the Ross River in Townsville.

Location:

Bowen Road, Rosslea.

Completion:

Construction commenced in late August 2018 and is expected to be completed in late 2019 (weather permitting).

Benefits:

This upgrade will repair deteriorated sections under the bridge, ensuring its ongoing viability for all users.

Supplier:

RoadTek is delivering the project on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Funding:

The $11.66 million project is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with $5 million contributed by the Australian Government and $6.66 million contributed by the Queensland Government.

Regions:
North Queensland Region - Northern District

Project info

Since the bridge’s construction in 1952, some of the foundations of the bridge (piles and pile caps) have deteriorated. While the bridge is still structurally sound, if left untreated, this would eventually impact the operation of the bridge and access to vehicles would be restricted.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is committed to ensuring this vital link between Townsville and its southern suburbs remains strong, safe and open for use by the many commuters who travel it daily.

The works will progress in stages underneath the bridge and will involve the construction of a wall around the section to be repaired. That section will then be drained of water and excavated to assess the damage before undertaking repairs.

A temporary load restriction will be in place during the works. Any vehicle over 13 tonnes must use an alternate route while the bridge repairs are undertaken (from August 2018 to late 2019), with detour maps provided below.

Contact details

Email: engagement.northern@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 1800 625 648

Community info

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

Media gallery

Bowen Road Bridge repair project: map

The Bowen Road Bridge work site after flood waters receded, taken February 2019
The Bowen Road Bridge work site after flood waters receded, taken February 2019

An aerial view of the work site, taken February 2019
An aerial view of the work site, taken February 2019

Completed bridge pier work
View of the completed works to the bridge piers (Stages 1 and 2), taken May 2019

Rehabilitation work in riverbed
View of rehabilitation works in the riverbed, taken August 2019

Last updated
12 December 2019