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Capricorn Highway: Valentine Creek Bridge replacement


The Capricorn Highway provides a key link in the region’s transport infrastructure.  The highway is Central Queensland’s principal east-west freight corridor and part of Australia’s national Key Freight route network.

Constructed in 1951, Valentine Creek Bridge is the last remaining timber bridge on the Capricorn Highway.

The project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, replaced the previously existing timber bridge with a new concrete structure, removing weight limitations that were in place for heavy vehicles and improving freight connectivity across the region.


Valentine Creek (approximately 40km west of Rockhampton), Central Queensland.


December 2019.


The $8.3 million timber bridge replacement project provides the following benefits:

  • improved heavy vehicle access through increased load limits
  • increased bridge width
  • increased freight efficiency
  • improved traffic capacity and safety at the bridge location.

$8.3 million jointly funded by the Australian Government (50%) and Queensland Government (50%).

Central Region - Fitzroy District

Project info

This project included replacement of the timber bridge at Valentine Creek on the Capricorn Highway, approximately 40km west of Rockhampton. The replacement bridge was constructed on the current alignment of the Capricorn Highway.

The full scope of the project included:

  • replacing the current timber bridge at Valentine Creek, with a wider two lane concrete structure,
  • upgrade and widen Capricorn Highway approaches to Valentine Creek Bridge
  • replacement of drainage culverts east and west of the bridge
  • replacement of guardrails and signage as well as new line marking.

A side track was constructed to accommodate traffic flow during the bridge replacement works.

The project commenced construction in April 2019 and opened to traffic in December 2019. 

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Valentine creek bridge completed

New bridge at Valentine Creek completed in December 2019 - replacing the last remaining timber bridge on the Capricorn Highway.

Last updated
18 March 2020