Bowen Road Bridge repair project

The Bowen Road Bridge repair project delivered a suite of repairs which will ensure the ongoing viability of the Ross River crossing for all road users.

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

We have now completed these works. 

Major repairs of 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 were completed in mid-2020.

In October and November 2020, we undertook works to replace the bridge’s deck wearing surface and expansion joints. These works improved travel conditions for motorists, reduced ongoing maintenance of the bridge and helped to ensure the longevity of the Bowen Road Bridge.

Bowen Road Bridge

Bowen Road Bridge

Additional information

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.

Environmental and cultural heritage 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.

Ross River forms part of the boundary between 2 Native Title claimants, the Bindal People and the Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba People. During repair works, both groups were engaged to monitor excavations in areas at risk of disturbing artefacts.

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.