Flinders Highway (Julia Creek – Cloncurry), Scrubby Creek, pavement, strengthening and widening of floodway

The department has delivered 9km of pavement strengthening and widening of the floodway along the Flinders Highway between Julia Creek and Cloncurry at Scrubby Creek.  

The project improved safety of road users by providing modern infrastructure to meet current design standards, replacing a total of 22 culverts, and reducing future pavement maintenance costs.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Improves flood immunity
  • Better road access
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Reduces maintenance
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

  • Pavement strengthened and widened along various sections.
  • Replacement of 22 culverts.


This project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative. Investment ID 1459426.

Total investment
$42.65 million
Australian Government
$34.12 million
Queensland Government
$8.53 million

Current status

Construction was completed in late December 2023.

The pavement strengthening and widening of the Flinders Highway (Julia Creek – Cloncurry) at Scrubby Creek supported the objectives of the Roads of Strategic Importance program.

long bitumen sealed road with dirt and trees on either side of road

Newly strengthened and widened road pavement at Scrubby Creek.