Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure - Tambo) Barcoo River Bridge replacement

Works are underway to replace the existing Barcoo River Bridge with a wider, higher, modern concrete structure.

The existing bridge is a narrow timber structure that is over 70 years old. It is located on Dawson Developmental Road which links Springsure with Tambo and is an important gateway between the agriculture and resource sectors, cities, markets and ports.

The low capacity of the bridge limits its use by freight and excess mass and dimension vehicles, including road trains. When the bridge and supporting road network is inaccessible either because of load restrictions, or flooding, a 185km detour is needed.

This project will replace the current bridge with a wider, higher, modern concrete structure. It will also widen and upgrade the road approaches and deliver additional drainage works.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves flood immunity
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Reduces maintenance

Key features

  • New concrete structure requiring less maintenance.
  • Bridge will be wider (increase from 3.7m to 9.2m).
  • Bridge will be higher (increase by 0.69m).
  • Road approaches to the new bridge will be widened to 8m.
  • Improves safety.
  • Additional drainage works will be delivered to increase water flow during flooding to limit impacts to the bridge and road. 

Funding

Jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis. Investment ID 1490815

Total investment
$7 million
Australian Government
$5.6 million
Queensland Government
$1.4 million

Current status

Works started in March 2021 with completion expected in late 2021.

The project is being delivered in a joint effort by Blackall-Tambo Regional Council and RoadTek.

Council work crews will focus on the roadworks part of the project.

RoadTek will undertake the specialist bridge building component.

Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure - Tambo) Barcoo River Bridge replacement project map

Location map of Dawson Developmental Road (Springsure - Tambo) Barcoo River Bridge replacement.