Profile - Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project

Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project

Key Stats

  • Townsville
  • Queensland
  • $200+ million
  • Design and Construct
  • Department of Transport & Main Roads
  • Roads, Bridge
  • 2018 - 2021

Project Overview

The $513 million project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($414.4 million) and Queensland Government ($102.9 million). The project covers essential upgrades to the Bruce Highway, designed to improve safety and efficiency for road users, as well as significantly improving flood immunity.

  • $513m project funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments
  • 13.5km highway upgrade
  • 2 highway overpasses and extensive intersection upgrades
  • Replacement of 3 bridges and construction of 2 new bridges

The project covers a 13.5km section of the Bruce Highway at Giru, across the Haughton River Floodplain, located 50Km south of Townsville in North Queensland.

Acting as the transport backbone for North Queensland, the Bruce Highway plays an essential role in commercial, agricultural and tourism of the region and must withstand the state’s severe weather, which sees the highway close on average every 1 to two years for approximately 70 hours at a time. As a consequence, there is significant disruption to the daily lives of users and the businesses and communities that rely on this essential piece of infrastructure.

As part of the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade project Beilby in joint venture will:

  • replace the Horseshoe Lagoon, Pink Lily and Haughton River bridges with new, wider, higher-level bridges
  • build new crossings of Healey’s Lagoon and the Reed Beds curve
  • upgrade 13.5km of the Bruce Highway (on approach to, and between the bridges), in some areas on a new alignment
  • construct 2 highway overpasses of open-level cane tramway crossings, removing interactions between highway and cane traffic
  • upgrade rural intersections within the project area to improve safety
  • install wide centre line treatments to increase the distance between oncoming lanes of traffic and reduce the risk of head-on collisions.