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Ingham to Cardwell Range Planning Study


The primary aim of the planning study is to find the best option to improve the flood immunity of the Bruce Highway without significantly increasing flooding problems on nearby land.


Ingham, North Queensland.


The planning study will seek to reduce the number and duration of flood closures on the Bruce Highway through the Herbert River Flood Plain area. The study will also look at improving the safety and level of service of the Bruce Highway to accommodate current and future traffic needs.

North Queensland Region - Northern District

Project info

Between 2008 and 2011 the Department of Transport and Main Roads conducted a planning study to identify options for future highway corridors that would result in a higher level of flood immunity for the Bruce Highway. This included reviewing options for the upgrade of the existing Bruce Highway alignment through the township of Ingham. 

The community engagement throughout this process was extensive and included interviews with landowners and businesses, public displays and feedback sessions, meetings with the community, local government and elected representatives, environmental and cultural heritage reviews and an economic impact assessment.

The planning study took into consideration community consultation as well as extensive flood modelling, environmental studies and engineering and traffic assessments, to produce a preferred alignment, which is known as the Western 2A Deviation.

Ingham to Cardwell Range Planning Study
Alignment plan: map

In May 2015, the preferred highway corridor was gazetted as a future state-controlled road and as a result of funding priorities, no further planning has been undertaken since that time.

Under the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program 2019-20 to 2022-23, announced in June 2019, both the Australian and Queensland Governments have reaffirmed a commitment to the project with:

  • $48 million in indicative funding to update the previous planning study and potentially secure the identified alignment corridor
  • Of this, $150,000 has been allocated in the 2019-20 financial year to update the previous planning study.

Currently there is no approved funding for design or construction of the Ingham to Cardwell Range Deviation project, once planning studies are completed. 

We will undertake extensive stakeholder consultation during future phases of the project.

Please contact the Customer and Stakeholder Management Team on 1800 625 648 or if you have any further questions about this project.

Last updated
04 August 2019