Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Hundreds of bridge upgrades across Australia

Media Release


13 September 2017

  • 186 new projects announced under Round Three of the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Program
  • 201 projects underway or completed across Australia
  • The program forms part of the Australian Government's $75 billion infrastructure investment plan.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today announced the Coalition Government would fund the replacement or upgrade of 186 bridges across Australia.

Mr Chester said $162.53 million would be provided to fund round three of the Bridges Renewal Program.

“The bridges renewal program gives local, state and territory governments the support they need to replace and upgrade key bridges,” Mr Chester said.

“This new funding is in addition to the $216 million already committed under the first two rounds of the program, which has seen 201 bridge projects being upgraded or completed.

“The upgrade of these bridges will improve driving conditions for residents and local freight operators, by delivering safer and more productive bridges that are fit-for purpose.

“The Bridges Renewal Program forms part of our $75 billion infrastructure investment plan, which is delivering the infrastructure Australia needs to support metropolitan and regional areas, and to remain competitive in a global market.

“The Australian Government's financial commitment in this round will be matched by successful proponents, delivering a total investment of at least $345 million towards upgrading bridges.

“To allow for a wider distribution of projects, the Australian Government's contribution under Round Three has been limited to $5 million per project.

“The Coalition Government has identified bridge upgrades and replacements as a national priority and committed $420 million over five years from 2015–16 to 2020–21, with an ongoing commitment of $60 million each year thereafter.”

A full list of successful round three projects is available at