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Dawson Highway: timber bridge replacement project


The $40 million project replaced long standing timber bridges with new concrete structures at 5 locations on the Dawson Highway.




April 2018.


Increased freight efficiency and flood immunity along the Dawson Highway with the replacement of 5 timber bridges between Calliope and Biloela.

Central Region - Fitzroy District

Project info

Increased freight efficiency and flood immunity along the Dawson Highway with the $40 million replacement of 5 timber bridges, between Calliope and Biloela, with new concrete structures.

The new structures were constructed at:

  • Nine Mile Creek – 19km west of Calliope
  • Catfish Creek – 22km west of Calliope
  • Sheep Station Creek – 23km west of Calliope
  • Maxwelton Creek – 38km west of Calliope
  • Doubtful Creek – 44km west of Calliope.

Replacing the 5 timber bridges results in a wider Dawson Highway at these locations, increasing safety for all road users.

The pre-existing weight limitations in place on these timber bridges was a major inhibitor to the region’s freight operations, with some vehicles travelling hundreds of additional kilometres via Rockhampton.

The upgrade improves flood immunity and safety on the Dawson Highway, as the timber bridges had been subject to regular closures due to flooding. The upgrade delivers above Q50 level (1 in 50 years flood) on the Dawson Highway at the 5 bridge locations. 

All 5 timber bridges were constructed and open to traffic in April 2018.

Dawson Highway timber bridges replacement project: map

Media gallery

Nine Mile Creek Bridge
Nine Mile Creek

Sheep Station Creek
Sheep Station Creek

Maxwelton Creek Bridge
Maxwelton Creek

Last updated
01 August 2019