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Sandy Gully Bridge and Approaches Upgrade Bruce Highway


The Australian Government and Queensland Government have committed $57.5 million to upgrade Sandy Gully on the Bruce Highway.


Bruce Highway from Merinda to Euri Creek, north of Bowen


Completed December 2017, three months ahead of schedule


The upgrade will improve flood immunity and safety on the Bruce Highway. The project will also improve freight efficiency and provide better access between Bowen and Abbot Point.

Australian and Queensland Governments

  • $46 million from the Australian Government
  • $11.5 million from the Queensland Government
Central Region - Mackay Whitsunday District

Project info

The project will upgrade 3.7km of the Bruce Highway, delivering a new 2-lane bridge and improved approaches.

Currently the location is subject to regular closures due to flooding and floodplain breakouts. The upgrade will deliver Q50 flood immunity on the Bruce Highway from the rail overpass at Merinda to Euri Creek.

The project will also include rehabilitation and widening works at the intersections with Bergl Street and Euri Creek Road.

Project maps

Key milestones

  • 2014: geotechnical investigations and preliminary design
  • Late 2014: offer for design released
  • April 2015: detailed design consultant appointed
  • May 2015: detailed design commenced
  • March 2016: completion of detailed design
  • April 2016: tenders for construction were called
  • August 2016: construction contract awarded to Mackay-based Vassallo Constructions
  • October 2016: construction commenced
  • December 2017: construction completed three months ahead of schedule

Contact details

Phone: 07 4951 8555
Last updated
21 December 2017