Leichhardt Highway (Westwood - Taroom), Banana Creek, replace bridge

A new concrete bridge has replaced the timber bridge at Banana Creek on the Leichhardt Highway.

The ageing Banana Creek Bridge was one of the few remaining timber bridges on the Leichhardt Highway.

This section of the highway connects the townships of Banana and Theodore, and provides access to local primary industries including agriculture and surrounding mining operations.

This upgrade 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 connectivity across Central Queensland, and ensures a safer driving experience for all 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

  • New concrete structure requiring less maintenance.
  • Bridge is wider (increased from 7m 10.4m).
  • Bridge is higher (increased from 3.4m to 3.6m).
  • Improved safety,  freight connectivity and access for higher mass limit (HML) vehicles.
  • Improved flood immunity (fewer and less frequent road closures).
  • Will reduce closures and/or traffic restrictions.
     

Funding

The project was fully funded by the Queensland Government. Investment ID 845232

Total investment
$7.7 million
Queensland Government
$7.7 million

Current status

Detailed design started in May 2020. The tender process for construction closed in December 2020 and was awarded in March 2021. Construction began in May 2021 and was completed in April 2022. 
Project location map

Leichhardt Highway Banana Creek Bridge Replacement map