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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 10 km south of Ingham on the Bruce Highway.


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. The overall project was completed in late 2018.


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


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


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

North Queensland Region - Northern District

Project info

Construction was completed on the Cattle Creek and Frances Creek upgrade project in late November 2018. Minor works in the vicinity of the rest area were completed in August 2019.

The project involved widening 5.8 km 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 delivered 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 previously occurred every 1-2 years).

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

This project was part of the 15-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, a $12.6 billion program of works to improve safety, flood resilience and capacity along the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Cairns. The program was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with the Australian Government contributing up to $10 billion and the Queensland Government contributing up to $2.6 billion.

Community info

In late 2018, TMR 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 will be announced in the coming months.

Contact details

Phone: 1800 625 648

Media gallery

Bruce Highway Cattle Frances Creek open to traffic
Bruce Highway Cattle and Frances Creeks open to traffic.

Map of Cattle Creek and Frances Creek
Project map

Last updated
09 July 2020