Capricorn Highway—Valentine Creek Bridge replacement

We have replaced the timber bridge at Valentine Creek on the Capricorn Highway, approximately 40km west of Rockhampton. The replacement bridge was constructed on the current alignment of the Capricorn Highway.

The Capricorn Highway provides a key link in the region’s transport infrastructure. The highway is Central Queensland’s principal east-west freight corridor and part of Australia’s national Key Freight route network.

Constructed in 1951, Valentine Creek Bridge is the last remaining timber bridge on the Capricorn Highway.

The project, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, replaced the previously existing timber bridge with a new concrete structure, removing weight limitations that were in place for heavy vehicles and improving freight connectivity across the region.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Reduces maintenance
  • Improves ride quality
  • Increases traffic flow

Key features

The full scope of the project included:

  • Replaced the current timber bridge at Valentine Creek, with a wider two-lane concrete structure.
  • Upgraded and widened Capricorn Highway approaches to Valentine Creek Bridge.
  • Replaced drainage culverts east and west of the bridge.
  • Replaced guardrails and signage as well as new line marking.

A side track was constructed to accommodate traffic flow during the bridge replacement works.

Funding

The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government (50%) and Queensland Government (50%).

Total investment
$8.3 million
Australian Government
$4,149,500
Queensland Government
$4,149,500