Bowen Road Bridge repair project

We are upgrading the Bowen Road Bridge with a view to repairing sections under the bridge which are showing signs of deterioration, ensuring its ongoing viability for all users.

We are committed to ensuring the Bowen Road Bridge, a vital link between Townsville and its southern and western suburbs, remains strong, safe and open for use by the many commuters who travel it daily.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Improves flood immunity
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Reduces maintenance


The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Total investment
$11.66 million
Australian Government
$5 million
Queensland Government
$6.66 million

Current status

Repairs on the Bowen Road Bridge were completed in December 2019, enabling the removal of a temporary 13-tonne load limit on the bridge and reinstating access for transport operators. Temporary sheet piling in the Ross River was also removed in December 2019.

Additional repairs to the bridge bearings are underway as well as the replacement of the bridge's deck wearing surface, both of which are expected to be completed in October 2020, weather permitting.

Since the bridge’s construction in 1952, some of the foundations of the bridge had deteriorated. While the bridge was still structurally sound, if left untreated, this would eventually impact the operation of the bridge and access to vehicles would be restricted.

The upgrades to the bridge ensure its long-term viability to support the local road network and the community that uses it.

The bridge upgrade works progressed in stages underneath the bridge and involved the construction of a wall around the section to be repaired. That section was then be drained of water and excavated to assess the damage before undertaking repairs.

A temporary load restriction was in place during the works. Any vehicle over 13 tonnes was required to use an alternate route while the bridge repairs were undertaken. the load limited was removed in December 2019.

Stakeholder engagement

We are committed to listening to stakeholders and we value all community feedback about the project. For more information about the bridge upgrade or to provide feedback contact the project team.

About the repair works

Asphalt resurfacing works are expected to be undertaken in October 2020. There will be some impacts to traffic and the Department of Transport and Main Roads will advise of these impacts prior to the works. 
Environmental protections

There were a number of environmental and cultural heritage considerations and permits required during the planning phase of the project.

We worked closely with The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Department of Environment and Science, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Townsville City Council to meet these requirements.

Environmental management measures include:

  • retaining tidal flow and fish passage
  • netting and relocating fish from within the bunded area.

Management and treatment of water quality

Ross River forms part of the boundary between 2 Native Title claimants, the Bindal People and the Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba People. Both groups have been engaged and will be monitoring excavations in areas at risk of disturbing artefacts.