Revamped Arnot Creek Bridge opens to traffic on the Bruce Highway

Media Release

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22 February 2017

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

  • Major $10 million project on Bruce Highway complete
  • New Arnot Creek Bridge north of Ingham to make highway safer and more efficient, as part of the 10 year, $8.5 billion Bruce Highway upgrade plan

Drivers using the Bruce Highway between Ingham and Cardwell now have a safer, faster journey with the upgraded Arnot Creek Bridge now open to traffic.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said $10 million had been invested in replacing the former 19.5 metre bridge with a new 25 metre span bridge, capable of handling high traffic volumes including heavy vehicles.

"Variable speed limits had been in place to make sure the old bridge could cope with traffic demand, with heavy vehicles having to slow down to 60 km/h to cross it. Investing in a new bridge means drivers will be able to maintain a consistent speed, reducing frustration and improving efficiency," Mr Chester said.

"The new bridge is a critical part of keeping north Queensland connected throughout the seasons and ensuring heavy vehicles can get where they need to go efficiently.

"It is one of a number of important upgrades happening along the length of the highway, including the nearby Cattle Creek and Frances Creek project, which will reduce the frequency and extent of flood related closures."

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Bruce Highway between Ingham and Cairns had more than 2500 vehicles travelling on it each day, including 600 heavy vehicles.

"This length of road is one of the most crucial along the Bruce Highway, connecting motorists travelling from Cairns with Townsville and beyond," Mr Bailey said.

"The project incorporated approximately 380 metres of pavement transition at the approach roads of either side of the bridge.

"It’s already paid dividends for the local community, with an average of 31 jobs created over the life of the project."

The $10 million Bruce Highway – Arnot Creek Bridge project is jointly funded with the Australian Government providing up to $8 million and the Queensland Government $2 million.