Leichhardt Highway—Banana Creek Bridge Replacement

The ageing timber Banana Creek Bridge on the Leichhardt Highway will be replaced to increase safety, reliability, capacity and improve flood immunity.

Works are being undertaken to replace the existing bridge with a new concrete structure.

The ageing bridge, located between Westwood and Taroom, is one of the few remaining timber bridges on the Leichhardt Highway.

This section of the Leichhardt Highway connects the townships of Banana and Theodore and provides access to local primary industries, including agriculture and Anglo American’s Dawson Mine.

This project is part of an ongoing program of work to replace timber bridges in the Fitzroy District. This supports future growth in the agricultural and freight industries by enabling increased freight connectivity across Central Queensland while ensuring a safer driving experience for all motorists.

During work, strategies will be put into place to minimise impacts to nearby residents and road users.

Benefits

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

Key features

  • The project will be delivered as a combined package with the Roundstone Creek and Callide Creek Bridge widening project. 
  • Improved structural integrity of the bridge.
  • Improved freight connectivity and access for higher mass limit (HML) vehicles.
  • A fit-for-purpose structure to accommodate expected growth in freight traffic and support economic productivity.
  • Improved flood immunity (fewer and less frequent road closures).
  • Reduced bridge maintenance and limited additional closures and/or traffic restrictions.

Funding

The Queensland Government has invested $7.7 million through the State Road Network Upgrades – Priority Candidate.

Total investment
$7.7 million
Queensland Government
$7.7 million

Current status

Construction is expected to start in March 2021. 
Leichhardt Highway Banana Creek Bridge Replacement map

Leichhardt Highway Banana Creek Bridge Replacement map