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Bruce Highway Bridge upgrade (Cattle Creek and Frances Creek)


Upgrade of a 5.8 kilometre section of the Bruce Highway, south of Ingham, including construction of a new higher-level bridge and approaches at Cattle Creek and a new, wider bridge at Frances Creek.


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


Late 2018, weather permitting. The new bridge over Frances Creek opened to traffic in June 2018 and the new bridge over Cattle Creek opened to traffic on 7 August 2018.


Improved flood immunity, safety, access and freight connectivity on the Bruce Highway.


BMD Constructions Pty Ltd is constructing the project on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.


$118.9 million. The Australian Government has committed $95.1 million to this project. The Queensland Government has committed $23.8 million.

North Queensland Region

Project info

Construction is nearing completion on the Cattle Creek and Frances Creek upgrade project.

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 on the Bruce Highway between Ingham and Townsville. Detailed hydraulic modelling was undertaken to establish the height of the new bridge and manage impacts on adjoining properties. The new bridges are expected to significantly reduce Bruce Highway closures during major flood events, 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.

This project is part of the 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, an $8.5 billion program of works to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns. The program is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with the Australian Government contributing up to $6.7 billion and the Queensland Government contributing up to $1.8 billion.

Community info

TMR recently sought community submissions to name the new bridge over Cattle Creek.

The nominations are being considered, in consultation with community representatives, and an official name may be announced as part of the project's official commissioning. A date for this event is yet to be determined. 

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

Contact details

Phone: 1800 625 648

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Bruce Highway Cattle Frances Creek open to traffic
Bruce Highway Cattle Frances Creek open to traffic

Map of Cattle Creek and Frances Creek
Project map

Last updated
05 November 2018